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 II: Structure: Activity Title: Family: Routines and Rituals: Activity Mode: Psycho-Educational (Worksheet)

Family Identity II: Structure: Activity Title: Family: Routines and Rituals: Activity Mode: Psycho-Educational (Worksheet)

Family identity II: Structure: Activity title: Family: Routines and rituals: Activity mode: Psycho-educational (worksheet)


Routines are day-to-day activities that are required for a family to function in a healthy way. Examples of routines are mealtimes, putting kids to bed at bedtime, homework time, and the like. Many families with substance abuse lack consistent routines and, as a result, feel chaotic and unstructured. Consistent routines allow for the family to accomplish basic tasks and help children feel safe.

Rituals are routines with symbolic meaning about family identity. These include holiday celebrations, spiritual/religious activities, family gatherings, and so on. Rituals are differentiated from routines in that rituals are linked to deeper meaning and senses of ...

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