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 4: My Family: Cycles and History: Activity Title: Genogram: Activity Mode: Worksheet/Diagram/Drawing/Expressive Arts
Relationships II: Choosing a Relationship: Activity Title: Choosing a Relationship Worksheet: Activity Mode: Psycho-Educational (Worksheet)
Many of our clients have a history of being in unhealthy relationships. In fact, it is not uncommon for group members to acknowledge that they have never been in a relationship they believed was healthy or even knew anyone who was in a healthy relationship. Many of our clients grew up in homes with violence, substance abuse, and/or other negative relationship patterns. Many have only had harmful relationships modeled for them and have no concept of what a healthy relationship would look like (let alone how to create one).
Helping clients acknowledge and normalize this experience, thus ...