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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.

Building Lifelong, Healthy Supports I: Activity Title: Parts of My Life: Activity Mode: Expressive Arts, Psycho-Educational
Building lifelong, healthy supports I: Activity title: Parts of my life: Activity mode: Expressive arts, psycho-educational
Rationale

By the time many of our group members arrive at our group, they have burned many bridges in their lives and often have very few supports. The supports they have are often unhealthy. Many group members struggle with letting go of people in their lives that do not support their recovery. For some, that means almost everyone they know. This can be a painful and difficult process.

This activity acknowledges the pain of this situation and works to develop hope in the possibility of finding and developing new, healthy relationships that support one's recovery. It ...

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