It is known in the social work circles and accepted that adolescents at the risk of drug abuse tend to be driven to drug abuse because of an assortment of risk factors, most of which are linked to family composition and dynamics such as family drug use, family interaction patterns, and limitations. Springer and Orsbon (2002) discuss the multifamily group therapy MFGT which is used with individual and family therapy.
According to them the family is the main target of intervention and according to them MFTG’s has been used in the past successfully. This article provides a theoretical overview and also how the model is implemented. As part of the therapy program the adolescents and their families willingly were present at weekly individual family therapy sessions and a multifamily therapy group. From a total of 12-15 families each group had about 4-5 families. Each session lasted one and a half hours. The mean age of the adolescent group members was 15 years. Most of the adolescents were multi-substance user, using mainly alcohol and marijuana, and had simultaneous mental health analysis such as anxiety disorders, depression, oppositional defiant disorder, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. This was an open group that is why the participants changed every week.
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