Less Conflict at Home After Alcohol Treatment
the MPR take:
Treatment for alcohol addiction doesn't just help the individual – it can also reduce conflict within the home. The study evaluated 67 couples in Massachusetts with a male partner seeking treatment for alcoholism and with children between the ages of 4–16 that completed questionnaires prior to starting treatment, and again at 6 and 12 months post-treatment. Compared to couples with children and no alcohol issues, children of alcoholics were exposed to higher levels of conflict at home before the start of the alcohol treatment. These levels of conflict declined 6 months post-treatment and reached close levels to the control group after 12 months. The study authors assert that these findings support the idea that treatment for alcoholism benefits both the individual and the family.
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