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Posted by Michael Brown on 03/26/2020

Couples in Recovery

Couples in recovery from addiction face unique challenges in three areas.

  1. In managing the negative impact of addiction that has followed them into recovery,
  2. In adjusting to the new challenges of recovery (and they are real challenges!).
  3. In looking forward and setting new directions for the relationship now in recovery.

Dr. Robert Navara, a Senior Certified Gottman Therapist and Master Addiction Counselor, has developed what he calls “The Couple Recovery Development Approach”. It really integrates the best of what we know about couples relationships, addictions, and recovery. This approach attends tends to three areas: shifting relationship patterns, reworking intergenerational patterns of transmission of substance abuse, and attending to the relationship and to recovery at the same time.

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