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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.

Spirituality: Activity Title: Spirituality and My Family: Activity Mode: Expressive Arts (Drawing)
Spirituality: Activity title: Spirituality and my family: Activity mode: Expressive arts (drawing)
Rationale

Talking about spirituality can be difficult. People often have strong ideas and opinions. It can be a challenge to introduce this topic and guide the activity in a way that acknowledges and supports everyone's experience of spirituality.

Spirituality is also an important piece of recovery, and many people in our groups say that their growing spirituality is one of if not the main foundation of their recovery.

This main goal of this group is to introduce the concept of spirituality as an important piece of recovery and encourage a supportive environment for people to share their own experiences of spirituality. The goal is not ...

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