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.

Gratitude: Activity Title: Gratitude Quilt: Activity Mode: Expressive Arts (Drawing)

Gratitude: Activity Title: Gratitude Quilt: Activity Mode: Expressive Arts (Drawing)

Gratitude: Activity title: Gratitude quilt: Activity mode: Expressive arts (drawing)


This is an expressive arts activity that gives the group an opportunity to acknowledge and express gratitude. In the cycles our groups experience, we at times experience a group that tends greatly towards negativity, blame, and resentment. We have found that this activity can help the group identify things they have to be grateful for while not negating the difficulties.

This exercise can be particularly helpful for family members that are experiencing a great deal of conflict. Again without negating the conflict, creating a gratitude quilt can bring in the realization that there are also things to be grateful for.


  • To help group members recognize they have things ...
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