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.

Developing Healthy Rules: Activity Title: Rules in My Family: Activity Mode: Psycho-Educational (Worksheet)

Developing Healthy Rules: Activity Title: Rules in My Family: Activity Mode: Psycho-Educational (Worksheet)

Developing healthy rules: Activity title: Rules in my family: Activity mode: Psycho-educational (worksheet)


This activity focuses on rules in families—both spoken and unspoken rules. All families have rules, and in general, families that function well generally have clear rules. As addiction takes over in a family, the rules relating to structure of the family (specific times for meals, time to get up in the morning, bedtime, having family members eat meals together) often fall apart. At the same time, unspoken rules often become more powerful (don't talk about Dad's drinking, don't come out of your bedroom when Mom and Dad fight, do defend your family at all costs).

The purpose of this activity is ...

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