Nursing Care Plan Interrupted Family Processes

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Imbalanced nutrition more than body requirements6 300x300 Nursing Care Plan Interrupted Family ProcessesNursing Care Plan Interrupted Family Processes:Alcoholism Definition;Psychosocial, spiritual, and physiological functions of the family unit are chronically disorganized, which leads to conflict, denial of prob-lems, resistance to change, ineffective problem solving, and a series of self-perpetuating crises,Nursing Care Plan.

Defining Characteristics

  • Alcohol abuse; agitation; blaming; broken promises
  • Deficient knowledge about alcoholism
  • Denial of problems; difficulty with intimate relationships
  • Enabling to maintain alcoholic drinking pattern
  • Rationalization; moodiness; rejection; tension
  • Triangulating family relationships
  • Marital problems; ineffective spousal communication

Related Factors

  • Abuse of alcohol
  • Family history of alcoholism
  • Addictive personality
  • Family history of resistance to
  • Biochemical influences treatment

Assessment Focus

  • Behavior
  • Communication
  • Emotional
  • Knowledge
  • Coping
  • Self-perception
  • Values and beliefs

Expected Outcomes

Family Members Will

  • Acknowledge there is a problem with alcoholism within the family.
  • Sign contracts stating they will not engage in abusive behavior.
  • Communicate their needs, using “I” statements.
  • Discuss problems in an open, safe environment.
  • Acknowledge their strengths and progress in resolving problems.
  • State plans to continue to seek counseling and attend appropriate support group meetings.

Suggested Noc Outcomes

Family Coping; Family Functioning; Family Normalization; Role Performance; Substance Abuse Consequences

Interventions And Rationales

Determine: Assess drinking pattern; use of other substances; patterns of withdrawal; ability of alcoholic member to function in occupational and familial roles; ability of family members to func-tion in their roles; family health history; affiliation with a religious group and religious practices. Assessment factors will assist in identi-fying appropriate interventions.Perform: Create an environment in which family members feel free to express themselves honestly about the present situation to 12 decrease their anxiety and help family members develop confidence in their ability to resolve problems.Inform alcoholic family member that he will have to acknowledge his alcoholism before progress can be made in rebuilding family relations to establish abstinence as a basis for treatment Inform: Teach family members to communicate their needs assertively. Have them practice using “I” statements to express feel-ings to help them get in touch with their feelings.Inform patient and family about the symptoms and effects of addic-tive behaviors on both the patient and the family to help them under-stand the role they play in both the disease and the recovery process.Do interactive planning and role-playing with the patient and family to help them gain the skills needed to effect necessary changes in communication patterns in the family. Role-playing helps create a realistic view of the behaviors that reinforce behaviors in themselves and the patient Attend: Encourage family members to acknowledge that alcoholism is a problem within the family in order to break through family denial.Ask alcoholic family member to sign a contract stating he will abstain from alcohol to help him take responsibility for his own behavior.Help family members evaluate the consequences of abusive and vio-lent behavior. Inform them that any suspected abuse will be reported.Ask family members to sign contracts so they will not continue to abuse one another to make them take responsibility for their behavior.Being able to identify strengths provides the confidence the family needs to continue working toward a positive outcome for both patient and family.Assist family members to identify their strengths and talk about progress they have made in resolving problems associated with alco-holism or living with a family member who has alcoholism.Provide additional emotional support to the head of the family about altered role and additional responsibility to build self-esteem.Manage: Refer family for continued family therapy so they can con-tinue the process of restructuring their lives.Refer patient and family to AA, Alanon, or other appropriate sup-port group to establish the importance of abstinence.

Suggested Nic Interventions

Coping Enhancement; Family Process Maintenance; Family Support;Substance Use Prevention; Substance Use Prevention


Fowler, T. L. (2006, July). Alcohol dependence and depression: Advanced nursing interventions. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 18(7), 303–308.

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