Tanya Mudry


Dr. Mudry is a Registered Psychologist, Family Therapist, and Assistant Professor in Counselling Psychology, in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary (UofC). She has a background in Health Promotion Studies (MSc) and Counselling Psychology (MSc, PhD). Dr. Mudry’s work has focused primarily on addictive behaviours, recovery, family therapy, and social practices.

Node Funded Project (December 2020)

Title: Family Factors: How do family members help and/or hinder recovery from substance misuse?

Principal Investigator: Tanya Mudry, University of Calgary


Carissa Muth


Substance misuse is typically considered an individual issue, locating the problem within the person, often as a biological disease citing biological and neurobiological factors. However, researchers have found that substance misuse is socially related in both its etiology and treatment. In practice, treatment programs, including popular 12-step programs (e.g., AA, NA, GA), have found success in facilitating social connections, highlighting the importance of relationships including those located in the family system (immediate and extended). In particular, the social impact of the family has been found to have an essential impact on the development and recovery from substance misuse. Experts have argued that substance misuse is a family disease, therefore, understanding and treating the disease must include the family. Despite this, many treatment programs neglect the involvement of family members, seeing them as adjunct rather than integral to the treatment process. Part of the hesitancy to include families involve logistical barriers, including confidentiality and informed consent, and as well as lack of understanding about how best to utilize families effectively. This study aims to examine perception of family involvement in successful recovery, to inform better utilization of families in substance use recovery in Alberta and beyond.