The last several months have been full of exciting new changes and events in developing resources and help for couples who are dealing with addiction and recovery in their relationship. Here are some of the highlights:
- I have moved my Couples in Addiction Recovery Blog to a page on a new website I recently launched, www.couplerecovery.org. This page aims to provide information on research related to recovery and relationships, as well as offering two forums where discussions and support for those interested in couple recovery can meet and form community
- I created a new Facebook Page, Couples Addiction Recovery Empowerment (CARE), as a resource with links on couple recovery and providing information about upcoming recovering couples workshops. https://www.facebook.com/CoupleRecovery
- Over the last several years I have had a close connection with the Gottman Institute as a trainer, consultant speaker and author. I have been in dialogue with Dr. John Gottman and the Gottman Institute about my research on recovering couples and have collaborated in writing and training in a relational approach to addiction treatment. Through these dialogues I am thrilled and honored to announce that I have created a new workshop for recovering couples in collaboration with Drs. Julie & John Gottman and the Gottman Institute. Two workshops are being offered in Seattle on April 5 & 6, 2014 and again June 7 & 8, 2014. More information will be posted soon to provide additional information. A recent inspiration led us to rename the workshop, Couples Addiction Recovery Empowerment (CARE)
It has been a very interesting journey to this point in how all of this has developed. Helping couples navigate this very challenging road of recovery hasn’t always been well received. However, the dedication of the team at the Gottman Institute, as well as support and enthusiasm by Eve Ruff at Edgewood Seattle Addiction Services – co-sponsors with the Gottman Institute – has been phenomenal.
We will see how things continue to develop over the coming months. I do know it will take a community to create changes in how we view recovery. Is there a place for helping couples in recovery? Will treatment programs, follow Edgewood Seattle Addiction Services lead in its support of the more holistic approach that accounts for relationships in addiction treatment? It seems like the time for change is right.