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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.

Consequence with Empathy: Activity Title: How Can I Be a Better Parent? Activity Mode: Psycho-Education, Role Play
Consequence with empathy: Activity title: How can i be a better parent? Activity mode: Psycho-education, role play

Many parents who come to our groups feel at a loss when it comes to knowing how to set boundaries and respond to their children in ways that are productive. As parents learn to take on the role of parent in the family, it can be helpful and inspiring for them to have some concrete parenting tools.

Giving consequences with empathy is a main tool of the Love & Logic parenting program (Cline & Fay, 2006) and can be one of the most effective and useful tools a parent can learn. When parents ...

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