What is multidimensional family therapy for teens with addiction?

Howard J. Shaffer, PhD
Addiction Medicine
Multidimensional family therapy for adolescents with addiction acknowledges that many people, including family members and peers, influence the client's experience with addiction and vice versa. Sessions often include these people and can take place at home, in a clinic, at school, or in other community locations.

During individual sessions, the therapist and adolescent work on ways to develop and improve decision-making, negotiation, and problem-solving skills. Teenagers acquire new skills for communicating their thoughts and feelings, as well as vocational skills. Parallel sessions are held with family members. Parents examine their particular parenting style, learning to distinguish influence from control and to have a positive and developmentally appropriate influence on their child.

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