Substance use disorders (SUDs) have a serious impact on several life areas, including family functioning. This study examined problem areas that patients with SUDs and their family members experience in terms of quality of relations, psychological problems, physical distress, and quality of life. A sample of 32 dyads-persons with SUDs and a family member-were recruited from a substance abuse treatment program, and completed the Maudsley Addiction Profile health symptoms section, EuroQol-5D, Relationship Happiness Scale, Dyadic Adjustment Scale, and the Dedication Scale. Family members reported that four significant others were directly affected by patients' addiction-related problems, while patients reported that less than three family members were affected by their addiction. Consistently, family members indicated that they were less content with their relationship than patients and evaluated the consequences of patients' SUDs as more negative and severe than the patients themselves. Furthermore, patients and their family members reported comparable levels of physical and psychological distress and quality of life scores. These systematically obtained findings support the notion that relationships of patients and family members are disrupted and both need help to improve their physical and psychological well-being. Copyright,
American Journal on Addictions
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Hussaarts, P., Roozen, H., Meyers, R., van de Wetering, B., & McCrady, B. (2012). Problem areas reported by substance abusing individuals and their concerned significant others. American Journal on Addictions, 21(1), 38–46. doi:10.1111/j.1521-0391.2011.00187.x