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.

Making Arguing Work: Activity Title: Fair Fighting Rules Worksheet: Activity Mode: Psycho-Education (Worksheet)

Making Arguing Work: Activity Title: Fair Fighting Rules Worksheet: Activity Mode: Psycho-Education (Worksheet)

Making arguing work: Activity title: Fair fighting rules worksheet: Activity mode: Psycho-education (worksheet)


This topic begins to address the idea that there are healthy and unhealthy ways to argue. We normalize the fact that all families have disagreements, and they argue. Most group members will recognize that sometimes arguments can be productive and sometimes not, and most respond to the idea that it may be possible to learn to argue in ways that are less harmful and more productive. This activity helps group members begin to consider these ideas, as well as teaches a concrete tool for talking about difficult subjects (when you __, I feel ___. I wish that you would ___.).

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