A Roadmap for the Journey is a new, research-based Gottman couples workshop designed to address the specific challenges often faced by those whose relationship has been affected by addiction. Whether one or both of you are in recovery from alcohol, drugs and/or behavioral addictions, this workshop will provide direction for your journey to Couple Recovery, supporting the relationship as well as the needs of each individual partner.
Couples learn a model for integrating and balancing Relationship Needs with Recovery Needs. You receive information, tools and support to help define and establish boundaries and roles, discover new ways to effectively manage conflict, and gather strategies to support the relationship in the context of each person’s recovery.
Who is This Workshop For? This workshop is for couples with one or both partners in early recovery (at least 6 months of sobriety) as well as for couples with long-term sobriety. Addictions can include: Alcohol, drugs, gambling, internet, love/sex, exercise, work, shopping/spending, compulsive eating, or internet/gaming. If you have questions about your individual situation please contact us, as we can evaluate on a case-by-case basis.
(Note: This workshop is not intended for couples in active addiction. For people seeking support and services relating to alcohol and other drug addictions see the useful links provided here: http://www.adin.com.au/help-support-services).
A Roadmap for the Journey features:
- Directions for how to build and share a deeper connection
- Markers to help measure and manage emotions and keep discussions on-track
- Warning Signs to help you avoid ineffective conflict management patterns
- Landmarks to help you recognise and celebrate your relationship strengths and successes
The Workshop Program
The workshop includes brief presentations, role-play demonstrations, and lots of experiential exercises designed to help you address the challenges in your relationship.
- About the nature of addiction and its physiological impact on both partners
- Warning signs for relationship killers like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,and what to do if they are attacking your marriage
- Skills to help define and establish boundaries and roles (interdependency vs. codependency)
- Special techniques to process arguments, express needs and effectively manage conflict
- Routes to new rituals of connection and family recovery
- How to build a solid foundation for your own Couple Recovery to help your dreams and aspirations come true for you, your partner and your relationship.
The model integrates 10 years of couple recovery research by Dr. Bob Navarra (the “Couple Recovery Development Approach,”) with the “Sound Relationship House Model,” developed by relationship experts Drs. John and Julie Gottman.