The Alcoholic Family in Recovery:
A Developmental Model
Stephanie Brown, Virginia Lewis
Most treatments for alcoholism have focused on abstinence as their final goal and emphasize
brief interventions with the addicted individual. But family relationships change dramatically
when the alcoholic stops drinking--in fact, stress, turmoil, and uncertainty are the norm.
This volume details how to help families regroup after abstinence, ride out periods of
emotional upheaval, and find their way to establishing a more stable, yet flexible, family
system. Using a compelling case-study format to illustrate the process of change, the book
presents the moving personal experiences of families at different stages of the recovery
process. Expanding the therapist's role to include psychoeducation and supportive counseling,
the authors provide pointers for assessment at key stages of recovery and guide clinicians
through bringing about lasting change.