A nurse is providing care for a patient in the primary care clinic. When the nurse asks the patient about how things are at home, the patient tells the nurse that the family is struggling because of her husband's substance abuse. Which suggestion would be most beneficial for helping this family's dysfunction?


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- Help the patient see what options are available for family counseling

- Encourage the family to do things together apart from the husband

- Tell the patient that the family will most likely struggle until her husband gets appropriate treatment

- Describe the most common psychological complications of substance abuse


Family counseling is a method of support that brings a family together during a session to talk using a trained facilitator. The family who is struggling because of one member's substance abuse may still meet together to discuss the effects of the abuse on the rest of the family. Family therapy can also help family members problem solve together for options about how to react to the substance abuse.

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