In my thesis, I have researched family relationships during treatment from illegal drug addiction in the therapeutic community Sopotnica.
In the theoretical part of my work, I firstly defined what the addiction is and its risk factors. Then, the thesis shifted its focus to the risk factors within one’s family that can contribute to the development of a drug addiction. It clarified the role of the family and the importance of relationships among its members for their well-being and well-functioning inside it. At the end, I have addressed the issue of the treatment process itself and highlighted the significance of family co-operation for the person in treatment. I have also described the programme of the Društvo Projekt Človek, their vision and goals, as my empirical part of this work was done in the therapeutic community of this said association.
The empirical part of my work is based on several interviews, carried out with persons in treatment. Through interviews about family relations with people in treatment, I have found several links with the theoretical starting points. The interviewees were mostly focusing on relationships with their parents, seeing them as the biggest problem. It turned out that all of them came from families, where they had problems with at least one of the parents. I realised that persons in treatment were more aware of how important relationships are and how they influence them than their parents who, according to the interviewees, still have the old-fashioned family dynamics deeply rooted in them. The rehabilitees were also more aware of the mistakes that their parents and themselves, have made in their relationship.