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NIH Study Suggests Kids Should Be Part of Treatment for Moms Fighting Substance Use

NIH Study Suggests Kids Should Be Part of Treatment for Moms Fighting Substance Use
A Study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that family therapy leads to faster recovery Mothers in therapy for drug and alcohol use recover faster if their children take part in their treatment sessions, according to a first-of-its-kind study. An article in Medical News Today noted that researchers found that women who were in family therapy - which included their 8- to 16-year-old children - showed a quicker decline in alcohol, marijuana and cocaine use over 18 months compared to mothers who were in individual therapy. This is the first study to examine the effectiveness of family therapy for mothers who are substance users, said Natasha Slesnick, lead author of the study and professor of human sciences at The Ohio State University. "Interpersonal stress, especially within the family, has been shown to be an important factor in drug and alcohol abuse," Slesnick said. "So it makes sense that...
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