Couple Addiction Recovery Empowerment

Support, Education, Workshops, Online Learning

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.

December 4 & 11, 2021

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Roadmap for the Journey

Is designed specifically for couples impacted by an addictive disorder.

All workshops are held live and online in a confidential and safe environment for partners to privately practice the communication skills taught in the workshop.

Please note, this workshop is not appropriate for couples in which there is an active addiction. 

Finding the Roadmap for Recovery

We know from research that couple stability is the single biggest predictor of successful long-term recovery. We also know that couples impacted by an addictive disorder are at great risk for divorce or continued relationship unhappiness, even after beginning recovery.

This work provides skills to address the impact of recovery for both partners, create methods for supporting each partner’s individual recovery, and to develop a couple recovery.

Practical Tools for Couples


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.

Finding Direction

Couple recovery is an emerging concept in addiction treatment

Finding Support

Couples need support in bringing recovery into their relationship

working Together

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


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


confirms that good relationships predict long-term recovery


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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Is there a roadmap

to help couples


There is a direction couples can take


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”


Looking Back

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Couple Recovery Theory and Gottman Research: A Perfect Recipe

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