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Norway: Alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment is more effective when the family is involved

Between 50,000 and 150,000 children in Norway live with a parent whose alcohol consumption is in the risk zone. The same might apply to as many as 100,000 spouses or partners.
Affected family members experience feelings of despair and hopelessness. Many of them develop afflictions of their own because of long-term strain.
“Addiction and alcohol and other drug problems affects the entire family with unpredictability, stress and conflict”, says sociologist Anne Schanche Selbekk.
She is a consultant at KoRus Vest Stavanger (the Competence centre for alcohol and other drug issues), which is one of seven regional centres funded by the Norwegian Directorate of Health.

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