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)
What Do We Tell the Kids? Activity Title: What Do We Tell the Kids? (Boundaries, Structure): Activity Mode: Psycho-Educational
One of the most common difficulties we see in families with substance abuse is a distorted family structure. In more healthy-functioning families, parents take on a parental role, and children are able to function as children. In families with substance abuse, parents often behave more like children than adults, resulting in a lack of structure, parental responsibility, distinct roles, healthy and regular routines, and the like. Feeling unsafe, children often behave in “parentified” ways, worrying about adult issues such as money, food, safety, and so on.
Once parents begin ...