The Alcoholic Family in Recovery: A Developmental Model

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The Alcoholic Family in Recovery: A Developmental Model

by Stephanie Brown, Virginia Lewis
Editor Stephanie Brown

Guilford Publications | December 25, 1998 | Hardcover

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Family relationships change dramatically when one or more members stops drinking. Far from offering a "quick fix" to family problems, in fact, the first years of sobriety are often marked by continuing tension that fuels marital stress, acting-out kids, and difficulties at work. This book explores the process of recovery from addiction as it affects the entire family, presenting an innovative model for understanding and treating families navigating this difficult period. The authors draw upon extensive clinical and research experience to demonstrate how families can be helped to regroup after abstinence, weather periods of emotional upheaval, and find their way to establishing a more stable, yet flexible, family system.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 318 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 in

Published: December 25, 1998

Publisher: Guilford Publications

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1572304022

ISBN - 13: 9781572304024

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The Alcoholic Family in Recovery: A Developmental Model

The Alcoholic Family in Recovery: A Developmental Model

by Stephanie Brown, Virginia Lewis
Editor Stephanie Brown

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 318 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 in

Published: December 25, 1998

Publisher: Guilford Publications

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1572304022

ISBN - 13: 9781572304024

About the Book

Most treatments for alcoholism have focused on abstinence as their final goal and emphasize brief interventions with the addicted individual. But family relationships change dramatically when the alcoholic stops drinking--in fact, stress, turmoil, and uncertainty are the norm. This volume details how to help families regroup after abstinence, ride out periods of emotional upheaval, and find their way to establishing a more stable, yet flexible, family system. Using a compelling case-study format to illustrate the process of change, the book presents the moving personal experiences of families at different stages of the recovery process. Expanding the therapist's role to include psychoeducation and supportive counseling, the authors provide pointers for assessment at key stages of recovery and guide clinicians through bringing about lasting change.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
1. What Happens When the Drinking Stops?
2. The Developmental Process of Recovery
II. Stories of Families in Recovery
3. Transition and Early Recovery: The Corwins and the Turners
4. From Early Recovery to Ongoing Recovery: The Hendersons and the Warners
III. A Framework for Assessment
5. Assessing Family Functioning: Domains of Experience
6. Stages of Recovery: Drinking, Transition, Early Recovery, and Ongoing Recovery
7. Factors That Influence Recovery
IV. A Developmental Model of Family Recovery
8. The Drinking Stage
9. Transition for Couples and Families
10. Early Recovery for Couples and Families
11. Ongoing Recovery for Couples and Families
Epilogue

From the Publisher

Family relationships change dramatically when one or more members stops drinking. Far from offering a "quick fix" to family problems, in fact, the first years of sobriety are often marked by continuing tension that fuels marital stress, acting-out kids, and difficulties at work. This book explores the process of recovery from addiction as it affects the entire family, presenting an innovative model for understanding and treating families navigating this difficult period. The authors draw upon extensive clinical and research experience to demonstrate how families can be helped to regroup after abstinence, weather periods of emotional upheaval, and find their way to establishing a more stable, yet flexible, family system.

About the Author

Stephanie Brown, PhD, is a clinician, teacher, researcher, consultant, and author in the field of alcoholism. She founded the Alcohol Clinic at Stanford University Medical Center in 1977 and served as its director for 8 years. A Research Associate at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California, where she is Co-Director of the Family Recovery Project, Dr. Brown also maintains a private practice and directs the Addictions Institute in Menlo Park, California.