Couple Addiction Recovery Empowerment

Support, Education, Workshops, Online Learning

Telehealth Marathon Couples Therapy: is a research-based approach providing couples 9-12 hours of therapy over a two or three days . This provides couples time to address important issues that otherwise could take 3-5 months in traditional couples therapy. All Marathon sessions include a comprehensive assessment and options for follow-up.

Recent training on advances in marathon therapy  with Drs. John & Julie Gottman, provides state of the art innovations in couple assessment and focused treatment. Marathon sessions are especially helpful for couples who are looking for alternatives to weekly or bi-weekly sessions. More information?

Now available as an online and live workshop, Roadmap for the Journey: A Path for Couple Recovery, is designed for couples impacted by addiction, providing tools for communication and help to integrate recovery into the couple relationship. Workshops are  limited to three – five couples who are provided manuals, workshop materials, and time to practice new skills.

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*Please note my practice is limited to Marathon sessions only and current availability is based on a waiting list 

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Couples Need a Roadmap

The Couple Recovery Development Approach, created by Dr. Robert Navarra, is based on his research on couple recovery spanning over 15 years. The Gottman research on predictors for happy and healthy relationships provides direction to establish a path to heal and strengthen relationships.

Integrating the two models provides a direction for recovering couples in establishing, or reestablishing healthy relationship behaviors that also include issues related specifically to couples impacted by problematic substance use or behavioral compulsions. These strategies help couples lean the right way in finding their recovery path.

Therapists
Finding Direction

Couple recovery is an emerging concept in addiction treatment

Couples
Finding Support

Couples need support in bringing recovery into their relationship

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Couples may feel confused or even overwhelmed when thinking about addressing recovery in their relationship. Sometime fears center on concerns about the ability to keep boundaries and not lose focus on individual health and recovery concerns.This is understandable, with problematic substance or behavioral use or compulsive behaviors individual needs get lost.

The key to healthy boundaries starts with understanding the difference between “codependency” and “interdependency”. While codependency patterns involve control and silenced emotions and needs, in interdependent relationships both partners are able to express thoughts, feelings, and needs.

True or False?

Partners should

avoid any couple work in early recovery

FALSE

There is no research to support the idea to avoid couple work in early recovery
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True or False?

Research

confirms that good relationships predict long-term recovery

True

An 8-year study showed that healthy couple and extend family relationships are one of the biggest predictors of successful long-term recovery
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Direction

Is there a roadmap

to help couples

Yes

There is a direction couples can take

WHY

Couple recovery refers to a focus on each partners own health and recovery, as well as relationship recovery from the impact of an addictive disorder. By focusing on what is healthy for each individual, and what is healthy for the  relationship partners learn to talk about the impact from the disorder as well as develop a path for going forward.

Researching and advocating for couple recovery

Featured on Recent Podcasts

Interviews on Couple Recovery

The Betrayed, the Addict, the Expert (recording of live video version of the podcast): Can Divorce Be Predicted? with Dr. Robert Navarra

Marriage Therapy Radio: “Addiction Recovery with Dr. Bob Navarra” 

What Healthy Couples Know That You Don’t: “Addiction Recovery and Relationships”

Empowered Relationship Podcast: “How to Manage Substance Abuse Issues and Recovery in Relationships”

Make More Love Not War: “Couples Addiction Recovery”

TALKING ABOUT

The Person I’m Dating Has A Drinking Problem

I was asked to write a response to the above question in the Thrive Global article series, “Asking for a Friend”. This is a question that many people struggle with, not knowing what to do when there is evidence of a drinking or other drug use problem with the person they care about.

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Couple Recovery Theory and Gottman Research: A Perfect Recipe

It has been a remarkable journey. I developed the Couple Recovery Development Approach (CRDA) in 2002 for my doctoral dissertation on couples in long-term recovery. The model is based on my research from the Family Recovery Project housed at Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California.

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Alcohol Became a Problem: Jerry and Carol’s Story

Jerry and Carol (not their real names) came in for couples therapy. They stated that they had a good marriage, but that they needed a “tune up”. Jerry talked about how he felt that stress was impacting their relationship, Carol agreed, but also expressed concern over Jerry’s alcohol use and wanted him to better control his drinking, like he used to.

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