Couples and Addiction Recovery


A Gottman Approach to Addiction and Recovery for couples…

Statistics show that 1 in 10 people who enter a therapy office or clinic have an addictive disorder, yet only about 10% receive treatment.

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 need to know how to assess and treat addictive disorders, and to feel comfortable using 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.

Couples and Addiction Recovery is a groundbreaking new approach for couples struggling with addiction as well as couples in recovery from alcohol, drugs, and/or behavioral addictions. This workshop can be done with a series of sessions and draws from the fields of addiction treatment, mental health, and couples counseling, and integrates current research findings with knowledge from clinical practice.

This training provides interventions and tools for a relational approach to healing that addresses three different but overlapping recoveries to include: the person with the addictive disorder, the partner, and their relationship.

What will I learn?

You will learn a solution-focused research-based approach to help:

  • 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

The tools and interventions taught are adapted from Gottman Method Couples Therapy to help develop a Couple Recovery plan through increasing communication and understanding, establishing appropriate boundaries, and healing from the impact of addiction and recovery. Participants will be provided with tools to use immediately to work more effectively with individual couples and/or with small groups of couples.