Opioid Use Disorder: Treat the Family, Not Just the Patient

American Medical Association
By Andis Robeznieks, Senior News Writer
August 22, 2018

Opioid use disorder affects us all. The impact on families is becoming better understood, as is the need to involve patients’ loved ones in a treatment plan.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has described families as interconnected systems where a change in one part will spur changes in the other parts. A person’s family is often vital to recovery. That is where family opioid treatment can help.