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.

Relationships III: Stages in Relationships: Activity Title: Stages in Relationships Worksheet: Activity Mode: Psycho-Educational (Worksheet)

Relationships III: Stages in relationships: Activity title: Stages in relationships worksheet: Activity mode: Psycho-educational (worksheet)


Many of the clients in our groups cycle through relationships quickly and often. It is not unusual for someone to leave a hurtful relationship, meet someone else, and be living with this new person in a very short period of time. For many of our clients, this pattern is “normal”—it is what they saw as they were growing up, it is what they see in the relationships around them, and it is how their relationships have always been.

The purpose of this activity is to present another view of relationships, a developmental perspective that shows that each ...

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