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Family interaction pattern and abstinence among persons with alcohol dependence syndrome

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS, INI) Bangalore-560029, India
  • 2Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS, INI) Bangalore-560029, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 6, Issue (8), Pages 23-26, August,14 (2017)


Alcohol Dependence Syndrome (ADS) is a family disease that affects the family as a whole unit. When affected with an individual’s alcohol dependence the family goes through a process of trying to adapt to their new environment and often this results in failure leading to dysfunction. The current study aimed to describe the family interaction pattern of persons with alcohol dependence from India. Following consent, ninety participants and their care givers were interviewed belonging to 3 different groups. The first two groups of patients included respondents who had been seeking treatment at our centre and had either been abstinent or relapsed and the thirds group of respondents comprised of a control group. The relapsed group had a higher level of dysfunction when compared to the abstinent group of patients in terms of their role, communication, cohesiveness, leadership and overall family interaction. The results indicate that families who have a member who is dependent on alcohol have poor family interaction patterns that are known to cause dysfunction. Treatment programmes must include providing services to help the family as a whole which will also indirectly benefit the patient as well.


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