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Major approaches to help the family
facilitation and referral—Engages family member in program
and concepts of Al-Anon.
skills therapy—Teaches family member how to deal with common
alcohol- and drug-related situations involving the substance abuser.
Evidence for these approaches
Al-Anon and coping skills therapy reduce emotional distress and
improve coping of family member.
skills therapy leads to less drinking and less violence by substance
abuser than does Al-Anon.