Medical Journal of Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth

: 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-

Role of family in substance uses disorders

Naresh Nebhinani 
 Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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Naresh Nebhinani
Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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Nebhinani N. Role of family in substance uses disorders.Med J DY Patil Univ 2016;9:14-14

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I must complement Sarkar et al. for the beautiful canvassing of this important yet under-addressed area of the role of an Indian family in substance use disorders. They have rightly emphasized the impact of substance uses disorder on the patients, as well as their family members. [1] A substance dependent person in the family leads to complex problems, and multiple adverse events which causes an enormous burden on caregivers and further impacts the functioning of the family and the society at large. [2]

The study on family burden in substance dependence assumes the vital importance of caregivers because of associated factors which influence the interventions, as well as an outcome of substance abuse. [2] Thus, the family members play an important role in the treatment process such as providing motivation, emotional, and logistic support during the treatment seeking, liaison, and later follow-ups. [1] Hence, they should be engaged at every step of the therapeutic process. [1]

Due to the several factors such as globalization, industrialization, and migration, Indian communities are in transition. [3] Sarkar et al. also have expressed their concerns about the changing family structure and family dynamics in India, which might influence the causation, progression, and management of substance uses disorders. [1]

In future, the changing Indian family structure and family dynamics might influence both the effect of substance uses disorder on the family and the familial resource available for treatment. [1] Hence, there is a vital needs to improve our consideration and research in this area, as well as effective communication between families and health providers, and active involvement of families in the therapeutic process. [3]


1Sarkar S, Patra BN, Kattimani S. Substance use disorder and the family: An Indian perspective. Med J D Y Patil Univ 2016; 9:7-14.
2Mattoo SK, Nebhinani N, Kumar BN, Basu D, Kulhara P. Family burden with substance dependence: A study from India. Indian J Med Res 2013;137:704-11.
3Nebhinani N, Anil BN, Mattoo SK, Basu D. Family burden in injecting versus noninjecting opioid users. Ind Psychiatry J 2013;22:138-42.