Sex Addiction Couples Group at Birmingham Maple Clinic

Dan O’Neil, MA, LLP,  Facilitator

Couples group has been meeting weekly for the past few months. We combine addiction- education, 12 step (RCA) and cognitive-behavioral principles to keep the format interesting and productive.

Couples are learning that the interaction between addict and co-addict is unhealthy in addiction and can become fulfilling in recovery.  The couples are learning that the three-legged stool (addict, co-addict and relationship) model of Recovering Couples Anonymous is useful when developing simple solutions to complicated marital problems.

Couples are learning that their growth as a couple is impacted by their own personal growth.  Issues of fear, shame and trust are always at the forefront.  Individuals are learning how their family of origin issues can affect their current family.  Developing new strategies for sexual, verbal and emotional communication are also weekly topics.

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