Together We Heal
A Real-Life Portrait of Recovery in Group Therapy
Szifra Birke & Kathy Mayer
Copyright © 2014 Szifra Birke and Kathy Mayer
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Group therapy is a learning lab—a nonthreatening, safe place where people are free to be themselves and work on their individual concerns, goals, and behaviors.
The people in this book began meeting for group therapy after they learned about how alcoholism and codependency continued to impact their lives—years, even decades, after they had left home. Even if you didn't grow up in an alcoholic home, you will undoubtedly share many common feelings. Dysfunctional family patterns and unresolved issues that we continue into adulthood are not reserved for families of alcoholics only.
Similar coping styles develop in families where one parent or other family member controls an inappropriate amount of the family's focus. Perhaps you grew up with an emotionally detached father, an over-controlling mother or an easily angered parent. Mental or physical illness may have interrupted healthy family relationships.