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 II: Activity Title: AA/NA/Al-Anon: Activity Mode: Speaker

Building Lifelong, Healthy Supports II: Activity Title: AA/NA/Al-Anon: Activity Mode: Speaker

Building lifelong, healthy supports II: Activity title: AA/NA/Al-anon: Activity mode: Speaker


We find that group members often become very connected with the group and have a difficult time connecting with other supports. We emphasize that our group is time limited, and it is essential to build other sober supports that will stay with them their entire lives. This can be difficult for some group members.

The purpose of this group is for group and family members to hear the story of someone who has been in recovery for a long time and has built these sober supports. In our area, AA and NA are the only recovery-specific groups available, so most of the people we bring ...

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