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.

Conflict in My Family: Activity Title: Conflict in My Family: Activity Mode: Psycho-education (worksheet); Expressive Arts (Drawing)

Conflict in My Family: Activity Title: Conflict in My Family: Activity Mode: Psycho-education (worksheet); Expressive Arts (Drawing)

Conflict in my family: Activity title: Conflict in my family: Activity mode: Psycho-education (worksheet); expressive arts (drawing)


Many families we work with struggle with expressing anger in ways that are not harmful. This activity works to help families identify how they learned about dealing with conflict in their families, how those lessons impact how they express anger today, and ideas for expressing anger in more effective ways.

Group members are encouraged to consider their family of origin's ways of dealing with conflict and how that impacts how they deal with conflict in their lives today. Likewise, parents are encouraged to consider how their own ways of addressing conflict impact their ...

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