The concepts of codependency, family survival roles, and (adult) children of alcoholics have become classic themes for describing and understanding the impact of addiction on family systems. As such, they provide a way for us to understand some of the dynamics that are found in families with chemically dependent members. What are the limitations, risks, or disadvantages of using these concepts to explain addiction to families in the counseling relationship? Give specific examples.
This discussion question meets the following NASAC Standards:
6) Appreciate the importance of family, social networks, and community systems in the treatment and recovery process.
95) Understand the characteristics and dynamics of families, couples, and intimate dyads affected by addiction.
96) Be familiar with and appropriately use models of diagnosis and intervention for families, couples, and intimate dyads, including extended, kinship, or tribal family structures.