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.
Chapter 3: How We Experience Our Family: Activity Title: Family Sculpting: Activity Mode: Expressive Arts (Experiential—Acting)
Relationships I: Healthy or Unhealthy? Activity Title: Healthy Relationship/Unhealthy Relationship: Activity Mode: Psycho-Educational (Worksheet)
Many people in our groups have no experience of a healthy relationship. Most readily acknowledge that this leaves them unprepared to choose anything other than what they know—an unhealthy relationship. Many of our clients have moved from one unhealthy relationship to another. Substance abuse tends to aggravate this pattern, as drug and alcohol usage and sexual acting out are often linked. The result is an intensification of the inability to create a relationship that is positive.
This activity involves completing two worksheets. The first helps group members identify healthy and unhealthy ways of being in a relationship. The second ...