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THERAPEUTIC RECOVERY NETWORK
Couples in Recovery Counseling

Couples in Recovery Counseling is a unique modality of therapy that combines Gottman Method Couples Therapy with addiction treatment methods. The goal is to help couples develop recovery within the couple through increasing communication and understanding, establishing appropriate boundaries, and healing from the impact of addiction and recovery.

What is Couples in Recovery Counseling?

While addiction is often referred to as a “family disease,” current approaches in recovery do not provide treatments that address or account for the relationship between the person with an addiction and their partner. It’s time to change how we treat couples in recovery. To help move our clients from addiction to recovery, we know how to assess and treat addictive disorders, and use tools and strategies to help couples address addiction and support recovery. Outcome research informs us that couples counseling is more effective than individual therapy in identifying addiction and in moving the person with the addiction and family into recovery.

We work with couples struggling with addiction as well as couples in recovery from alcohol, drugs, and/or behavioral addictions. It is important to have a therapist who specializes in addiction and recovery. We are trained in how to assess and treat addictive disorders and how to support couples in the process of recovery together. 

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What Couples in Recovery Counseling can help with:

Identify addiction

Break through denial

Navigate the challenging road from active addiction to recovery

Improve conflict management skills

Learn the difference between “codependency” and “interdependency” and how to identify and set appropriate boundaries

Develop a relationship recovery, while supporting their partner’s recovery and strengthening their own individual recovery

Heal from the aftermath of addiction

Move toward wellness as individuals and as a couple

Sources:

Can Couples Recovery from Addiction Together?, gottman.com

Interview with Dr. Robert Navarra, gottman.com

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