A Workshop for Couples in Recovery
Recovery is a time to positively transform all areas of your life (emotional, physical, spiritual, social, etc.), yet few addiction treatment programs include education and therapy on the topic of healthy intimate relationship skills. Thus, many individuals leave treatment without having learned the essential skills to heal the trauma that addiction causes and without the knowledge of how to rebuild the foundation for their most significant relationship.
Having observed too many individuals leave treatment with strong recoveries, but their relationships falling apart or remaining stagnant, Lana Isaacson, LCSW, CAC III decided to pursue advanced training in couples therapy and specifically The Gottman Institute’s “Couples and Addiction Recovery” Training.
Dr. Bob Navarra found that evidenced-based therapy for couples in recovery can help these couples beat the statistics (couples affected by addiction have a 4-7 times higher rate of divorce). In addition, “satisfying family relationships constitute one of the greatest predictors of long-term recovery”.
This is how “Have Each Other’s Backs Again!” was born.
This 8-hour interactive workshop supports couples in recovery to heal, reconnect, rebuild trust, and strengthen their relationship by learning and practicing research-based healthy relationship skills. Research shows that a one day intensive workshop can equal 3 months of private couples therapy.
*I have broadened the term “recovery” to couples overcoming mental health conditions (ex. anxiety, depression), lack of knowledge and skills for healthy long-term relationships and other sources of disconnection or breaches of trust due to the overlap that often occurs in such couples and the benefits of this workshop as reported by participants from a variety of “recovery” backgrounds.
Pass down both the GIFTS of recovery and a MODEL for a healthy, loving, secure, and vibrant long-term intimate relationship to future generations.
Divorce rates are 4-7 times higher for couples with addiction issues. Therefore, Dr. Robert Navarra (with the Gottman Institute) recommends that earlier couples work is necessary in contrast to the old model, which was “stabilize the recovery so couples conflict doesn’t upset the recovery”. Current research shows instead that “Relationship satisfaction contributes to recovery!”