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Group Activities for Families in Recovery offers therapists a wealth of activities designed to help families struggling with addiction address problem areas of functioning, and ultimately shift from dysfunctional patterns to healthy living. Written by expert practitioners in family-oriented substance abuse treatment programs, this text focuses on group therapy as a key component to treatment.

Beginning with a brief overview of the issues involved in working from a systemic family therapy perspective of addiction, the text discusses practical guidelines for working with families in groups and how to best utilize the exercise in the book. The collection of 30 group activities are suitable for a variety of family-oriented substance abuse treatment groups. They are divided into seven sections covering the key issues of:

1. Family Structure; 2. Family Identity; 3. Sober Fun; 4. Toward Health; 5. Anger Management; 6. Healthy Communication; 7. Parenting

The activities are varied and include topics presented through expressive arts (drawing, writing, acting), game-playing, problem solving, enactments, worksheets, and roleplaying. The activities can be used individually, incorporated into another program, or stand alone as a 16-week (or longer) program. They can also be adapted for use in groups where children or present, or for adult-family groups.

Doing It Differently: Activity: Poem: “New Hands” by Carol Lynn Pearson; 9 Dots Exercise; My Family's New Story: Activity Mode: Expressive Arts (Writing); Puzzle Solving
Doing it differently: Activity: Poem: “New hands” by carol lynn pearson; 9 dots exercise; my family's new story: Activity mode: Expressive arts (writing); puzzle solving
Rationale

We all tend to live what we know. Children growing up in families with abuse often grow up thinking abusive relationships are normal. Children growing up in families with substance abuse learn that chaos is normal. These patterns are often unconsciously transmitted from one generation to the next.

Breaking these patterns involves, among other things, expanding one's perception of possibilities—in other words, recognizing that something else is possible. Often our clients exclaim, “I didn't know there was ...

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