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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.

What About the Kids? Activity Title: Parenting Styles—How Can I Be a Better Parent? Activity Mode: Psycho-Educational; Expressive Arts (Acting)
What about the kids? Activity title: Parenting styles—How can I be a better parent? Activity mode: Psycho-educational; expressive arts (acting)

This activity works to help parents understand that there are different styles of parenting (Maccoby, 1992) and to identify parenting styles they use. We also work to relate the use of and comfort with particular parenting styles to the parenting styles of the families we were raised in.

When group members are presented with the various parenting styles, a discussion often comes up about the homes they were raised in as children. Many parents use parenting styles that are very similar to ones they were raised with. ...

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