By the time a client lands in treatment, it may be hard to tell whether their family relationships offer a potential asset or a problem set to address.

look at thatFamily can offer terrific support to someone in recovery- or, family can be a huge obstacle to establishing and maintaining good sobriety. But by the time a client lands in treatment, it may be hard to tell whether their family relationships offer a potential asset or a problem set to address. Usually it’s both. But which aspects of the family dynamic are which?

This simple one-page inventory can be helpful early in treatment, identifying perceived strengths and problems, and later in treatment to check progress on specific family-related goals. It can be applied in group or individual contexts, with the client and (most helpfully) with the client and family members.

The inventory looks at commitment to family, family stability, communication, nurturing, and conflict resolution- all key aspects of how family relationships can help (or hinder) the newly-sober person’s quest to build a lasting recovery.

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4 Comments »

Thanks for sharing the assessment tool Scott! It looks like a great resource. 🙂

Comment by Lisa Knudson — June 19, 2013 @ 8:30 am

Scott, thank you for sharing this assessment with us! It looks very useful . . . comprehensive in terms of the areas it addresses, but not too lengthy and difficult to administer. Again, many thanks and best regards.

Comment by Kaiulani Winter — June 18, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

Lisa, can you say more about the problem? You do know that you have to be signed in as a member, and then click the “download this” link near the top of the right hand column, yes? We’ve tried it on a couple of machines with a couple of different browsers and user log-ins, and it was okay for us. Would love to chase down this problem in case others are having it too. But in any case, I’ll definitely email you a copy of the sheet.

Comment by Cecile — June 18, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

Was wanting to download the inventory sheet, but don’t see it. Hmmm, Where did I go wrong 🙂 ?

Comment by Lisa Neumann — June 18, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

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