Chemical Dependency and the Family

Chemical Dependency and the Family

(presentation date September 30, 2014)

Chemical dependency is often described as a family disease. Each member of the family unit is affected by addiction within the family and often family members do not realize how profoundly they have been affected. To survive within a framework of chaos, family members often develop roles within the family and defense mechanisms that help them to cope. Family members affected by chemical dependency often lack the ability to support each other or to take care of their own health and well-being. Family involvement is an important element of the recovery process for chemically dependent individuals, and family members themselves can recover from the effects of having a chemically dependent loved one, whether the chemically dependent individual recovers or not. This CE program will provide participants with a basic understanding of how addiction impacts each member of a family. The presenter will describe the roles and behaviors that family members often acquire when living with addiction, ways in which each family member is affected by addiction in the family, and options for family members to obtain help to cope with addiction in the family.


The goal of this program is to provide participants with an overview of how chemical dependency impacts family members.


After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe three or more ways in which addiction affects the family members of the person with addiction.
  2. Describe four or more roles or behaviors that family members commonly acquire when living with addiction.
  3. State two or more options for family members to obtain help to cope with addiction in the family.

About the presenter:

lynnThis course material was developed and is presented by Dr. Lynn Kleiman Malinoff, Ed.D. Lynn is the director of Eastern Michigan Universities 21st Century Community Learning Centers Bright Futures out-of-school-time programs. She has worked with challenged youth and their families; teaching, counseling, and leading for over 35 years in K-12 education as well as developing and directing an adolescent outpatient program for substance abusing youth and their families. Lynn has a deep knowledge of the challenges of children of alcoholics, and family systems as they relate to addiction and the process of recovery. She is a strong supporter of 12-step recovery. Lynn received her doctorate in educational leadership from EMU where she studied the culture, history and politics of local communities along the Michigan Avenue corridor in Southeastern Michigan. She recently co-authored a book chapter published in Women as Leaders in Education (Praeger, 2011), entitled “Both Sides of Mentoring: A Leader’s Story”. Lynn has two grown sons, a husband and two Shetland Sheepdogs, teaches graduate courses at Eastern Michigan University and is passionate about photography.

Number of CE hours offered:

1.5 CEH, approved by MCBAP and NAADAC. A passing grade of 80% on the final exam is required for CE hours to be awarded.

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