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.

Healing Families: What I Can Do: Activity Title: What I Can Do: Activity Mode: Psycho-Educational (Worksheet)

Healing Families: What I Can Do: Activity Title: What I Can Do: Activity Mode: Psycho-Educational (Worksheet)

Healing families: What I can do: Activity title: What I can do: Activity mode: Psycho-educational (worksheet)


Many of the people we work with in group want their families to change in some way. This activity helps individuals think concretely about what they would like to see change and develop an action plan for something they can do to improve how their families work.

The activity is ideal for working with group members who have families present, allowing them to work together to identify goals and a plan for follow-through. It can also, however, help group members without family members present think about what they would like to see change in their ...

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