Martin Sheen compares Charlie's problems to cancer
Substance abuse and psychological problems can often be traced, in part, to relationships within the family. For that reason it's often best to bring the family together with the troubled person for regular family therapy sessions. Of course, this depends on how well the troubled person gets along with people in his/her family. Educating family members about the nature of the problem and the way to treat it can speed recovery and help prevent relapses.