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How important is family in recovering from drug addiction?

Harry L. Haroutunian, MD
Family Medicine
Addiction is a complex disease on many levels; the family dynamic is disrupted, and loved ones besides the addict are impacted.

Watch addiction specialist Harry Haroutunian, MD, explain why family support is a key factor for a successful recovery.
Sheila Dunnells
Addiction Medicine
When adolescents return from a rehab. facility, it is a lonely time. One of the new behaviors is to find friends who do not use drugs. For many, this is entry into a whole new world of finding interests, and people whose lives have a focus, other than getting high. During the transition from "druggie" to "straight edge" the family is the major emotional support team. The more the family can be part of H.A.L.T. - do not get too Hungry, Lonely, Angry or Tired, -the greater the chance for success.

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