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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.

Anger in My Family: Activity Title: What I Learned About Anger and What I Want to Teach My Children Worksheet: Activity Mode: Psycho-Education (Worksheet)
Anger in my family: Activity title: What I learned about anger and what I want to teach my children worksheet: Activity mode: Psycho-education (worksheet)
Rationale

During the treatment process, most families recognize that there are relatively stable patterns of interactions that occur in multiple generations. Substance abuse is one of these common patterns, as is how anger is managed and expressed in families. The process of helping individuals identify these patterns (both healthy and unhealthy patterns) and determine which of these patterns they want to support and continue and which they want to change can be an important part of treatment.

It is common ...

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