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.

Family Identity I: Who We Think We Are: Activity Title: Family Coat of Arms: Activity Mode: Expressive Arts

Family Identity I: Who We Think We Are: Activity Title: Family Coat of Arms: Activity Mode: Expressive Arts

Family identity I: Who we think we are: Activity title: Family coat of arms: Activity mode: Expressive arts


Family identity or family esprit de corps is a family's sense of who it is. It is composed of a family's experience and beliefs and often is passed down from generation to generation. “The Brown family sticks together” or “education is important in the Smith family” or “the Williams family doesn't hit” or “you don't cross the Jones family” are all examples of aspects of a family's identity. A strong sense of family identity can help provide guidance for individuals in the family and help create strong individual senses of ...

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