The 5-Step method: principles and practice

Alex Copello, Lorna Templeton, Jim Orford, Richard Velleman

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This article includes a description of the 5-Step Method. First, the origins and theoretical basis of the method are briefly described. This is followed by a discussion of the general principles that guide the delivery of the method. Each step is then described in more detail, including the content and focus of each of the five steps that include: listening non-judgementally; providing relevant information; exploring ways of coping; discussing social support and establishing the need for further help. Finally, issues of training, supervision and on-going support are discussed. It is concluded that the 5-Step Method offers a flexible response that can be delivered to family members affected by addiction problems by a range of helpers and in a range of settings and health systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-99
Number of pages14
JournalDrugs: Education, Prevention and Policy
Issue numbers1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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