Couple Addiction Recovery Empowerment
Support, Education, Workshops, Online Learning
Marathon Couples Therapy is a research-based approach providing couples 10-15 hours of therapy over a two or three day weekend period. 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 for the first time, 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 held in Dr. Navarra’s private office in San Carlos, CA and limited to three couples who are given manuals, workshop materials, and time to practice new skills.
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Practical Tools for Couples
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.
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.
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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
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”
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.
Steps to Increase Intimacy and Closeness Friendship is essential in developing and maintaining an intimate relationship. Based on John Gottman’s groundbreaking research involving 3,000 couples
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.
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.