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 Fun: Activity: Group/Family Game Night: Activity Mode: Game

Family fun: Activity: Group/family game night: Activity mode: Game

Rationale

One symptom of substance abuse is that people often lose the ability to have fun without the use of substances. In many families, times of celebration always involve heavy substance use. In fact, times of celebration can often be scary and uncomfortable times for children and nonusing family members.

Game night is generally a group favorite. We often facilitate this activity at a time when the group feels unstable (often when the group is “new”), as game night can serve to strengthen the cohesion of the group. In addition, this activity provides another opportunity for people to have fun without using drugs or alcohol—a new experience for many group ...

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