Couple Addiction Recovery Empowerment
Support, Education, Workshops, Online Learning
Workshops held in San Carlos, California in a private office by arrangement
Next workshop: November 23 & 24, 2019
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.
True or False?
True or False?
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.
What is New?
Consider Marathon Couples Therapy, an alternative to traditional weekly sessions providing 12-15 hours of intensive couples therapy over two or three consecutive days.
Marathon Couples Therapy is an alternative to traditional weekly therapy sessions providing 10-15 hours of intensive couples work over two or three consecutive days. This allows couples time to address important issues and can provide momentum for change. Couples often travel from out of the area for this specialized work
After an interview, if this approach is a match we begin with an assessment specifically designed for couples impacted by addiction. Assessment typically takes 2-3 hours and involves partners completing a research-based online confidential questionnaire, conjoint and individual interviews, and integrates each partner's concerns and goals. The therapy interventions targets those areas.
Couples will receive recommendations for any additional individual or couple work, a follow-up consultation session, and if you are currently seeing a couples therapist and both partners agree, a 50 minute consultation with the therapist and review of the work is provided.
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.