Couples & Addiction Recovery


A one-day specialty training presented by Dr. Bob Navarra
Houston, TX
May 21, 2017

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Statistics show that 1 in 10 people who enter a therapy office or clinic are addicted, yet only 10% receive treatment.  While addiction is often referred to as a “family disease,” current approaches in recovery typically do not provide treatment approaches that address or account for the relationship between addict and partner. To help move our clients from addiction to recovery, professionals need to know how to assess and treat addiction, and feel comfortable using tools and strategies to help couples address addiction and support recovery.  Outcome research informs us that couples counseling is more effective than individual therapy in identifying addiction and moving the addict and family into recovery.

Couples Recovery is a new workshop for therapists, counselors and professionals who work with couples struggling with addiction as well as couples in recovery from alcohol, drugs and/or behavioral addictions. This workshop draws from the fields of addiction treatment, mental health, and couples counseling, and integrates current research findings with knowledge from clinical practice. 

Couples & Addiction Recovery integrates 10 years of research by Dr. Robert Navarra (the “Couple Recovery Development Approach”) with the “Sound Relationship House” model, developed by relationship experts Drs. John and Julie Gottman.  Dr. Navarra has worked in addiction recovery for over 25 years.  He holds an Advanced Drug and Alcohol Certification and a national certification as a Master Addiction Counselor through the Assoc. of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC.)

This training teaches interventions and tools for a relational approach to healing; one that includes the addict’s recovery, the partner’s recovery, and their relationship’s recovery.


The training is presented by Dr. Bob Navarra, Senior Certified Gottman Trainer. It includes lecture, demonstrations, role-plays, discussion, interactive training exercises and practice sessions.

Participants learn a research-based approach to help couples:

  • Identify addiction
  • Describe how to break through denial
  • Evaluate how to navigate the challenging road from active addiction to recovery
  • Apply conflict management skills
  • Differentiate between “codependency” and “interdependency” and how to identify and set appropriate boundaries
  • Develop a relationship recovery, while supporting their partner’s recovery and strengthening their own individual recovery
  • Indicate how to heal from the aftermath of addiction and move toward wellness as individuals and as a couple

The tools and interventions taught in this workshop are adapted from the Gottman Method to help couples develop a Couple Recovery through increasing communication and understanding, establishing appropriate boundaries, and healing from the impact of addiction and recovery.   The workshop provides opportunities to practice the techniques, so you will feel ready to use them with individual couples and/or with small groups of couples.


This workshop is for mental health therapists, counselors, social workers, clergy, military family life chaplains, life coaches, recovery coaches, professors, students and professionals who work with couples affected by alcohol, drugs and/or behavioral addictions.

  • If you are a therapist or professional who works with couples and would like additional training in addiction disorders and addiction and recovery work, then this workshop is for you.
  • If you are an addiction counselor or professional and would like to learn how to effectively work with couples, then this workshop is for you.
  • If you are an executive director or clinical director of a treatment program or facility and are interested in developing or integrating couple recovery into your services, then this is an opportunity to learn how to apply a “Couples Recovery” component to your treatment program.

No prior experience or training in the Gottman Method is required; however, therapists who work with couples will greatly benefit from having at least completed Level 1 Gottman Method Couples Therapy.


  • Couples affected by addiction are hungry for a framework to help heal their relationship. I highly recommend this important training for addiction treatment centers running family programs. It provides new research, insights, clinical structure and effective materials that can be used by therapists and staff to help couples build new relationship bridges.
    C.S., Clinical Director, Edgewood Health Network, Seattle
  • Since I am already trained in the Gottman method, it was really helpful to learn new, yet similar, interventions that can be applied specifically to couples working through addiction and recovery.


Each participant will receive a Couples Recovery Kit for Professionals that they can begin to use immediately following the workshop. The materials are designed to help therapists and counselors effectively facilitate assessments, interventions and exercises with their couples. The training provides instruction and interactive opportunities to practice using these tools. All addiction assessments and exercises may be photo-copied as hand-outs for couples. Each participant will receive:

  • One Couples and Addiction Recovery Training Manual, which includes
    • A framework for couples assessment and treatment
    • Tools to help assess for addiction
    • Strategies to help break-down denial and resistance to identifying addiction
    • 15 new powerful and effective interventions to help build a “couple recovery”
    • Techniques to increase your confidence regarding couples dynamics
  • Four Card Decks: My Recovery, Your Recovery, Our Recovery, and Developing Rituals of Connection. These new interactive cards are integrated into interventions specifically designed for couples in recovery.
  • Aftermath of a Regrettable Incident (Pocket Guide): This powerful guide from Gottman Method Therapy provides strategies and tools to help couples successfully process their fights, heal their hurts and get back on track after a fight or regrettable incident. It outlines the 5 steps needed to process conflict and reclaim good will.
  • Aftermath of a Positive Event Guide: This intervention, based on the Aftermath of a Regrettable Incident, outlines a 5-step guide to help couples process a positive experience or event, to understand why it went well and what it meant to each person, and ways to learn from the experience to then incorporate that into their relationship.
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