Disabling, Enabling, and Building Good Fences (Boundaries)

This workshop will provide information on how enabling behaviors develop as a way to cope with active addiction and fears of relapse in recovery. It will help participants understand the relationship between addiction, recovery and enabling behaviors. We will examine how healthy boundaries aid in family recovery, how to identify healthy/unhealthy boundaries and how to communicate boundaries to recovering family members. This training will use various teaching methods including: small group learning activities, role plays and discussion; whole group discussion and activities; trainer presentation; and video clips.

At the completion of this training, participants will be able to:

• Define “enabling” in the context of both active addiction and recovery.

• Identify at least three coping skills developed in response to the addiction of a loved one and three unhealthy behaviors that inhibit a loved one’s recovery.

• Describe the origins of enabling behaviors and their connection to the disease of addiction.

• Define “boundaries” in the context of both active addiction and recovery.

• Provide examples of how healthy and unhealthy boundaries can help or hinder family recovery.

• Identify at least three ways to establish and communicate healthy boundaries with recovering family members.

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
PCB Hours Approved: 
6 hrs
Beth Bitler, MSA, CAAP, CFRS
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