The family systems approach to addiction is a therapeutic approach that views addiction as a symptom of dysfunction within the family system, rather than as a problem solely belonging to the individual with addiction. The approach focuses on the interrelationships between family members and how they contribute to and are affected by the addiction.

The family systems approach recognizes that the family as a whole is impacted by addiction, not just the individual with addiction. The approach seeks to identify and address dysfunctional patterns of interaction within the family system, such as enabling or codependent behaviors, that may contribute to the addiction.

Family therapy is a key component of the family systems approach to addiction. Family therapy sessions involve all members of the family and aim to improve communication, strengthen relationships, and promote healthy coping strategies. The therapist works with the family to identify and address problematic patterns of interaction and behavior, and to establish healthy boundaries and expectations.

The family systems approach to addiction acknowledges that addiction is a complex issue that requires a comprehensive, holistic approach to treatment. By addressing the impact of addiction on the entire family system and promoting healthy relationships and coping strategies, the family systems approach can help individuals with addiction and their families achieve long-term recovery.