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.
Chapter 3: How We Experience Our Family: Activity Title: Family Sculpting: Activity Mode: Expressive Arts (Experiential—Acting)
How We Experience Our Family: Activity Title: Family Sculpting: Activity Mode: Expressive Arts (Experiential—Acting)
In all families, each individual has her or his own unique experience, and individuals struggle to understand each other's experiences. In families with substance abuse, this struggle can be magnified. Often, issues are not openly talked about, acknowledged, or addressed. As the family organizes around the substance abuse, individuals often worry that addressing issues may be too risky or too painful.
The process of families moving into recovery can often involve a deepening understanding of each other's experiences—both for the substance abuser and for family members. Beginning to talk about such issues can be a big step for families, ...