FAMILY DYNAMICS MOBILE DVD (18 minutes)  * Watch the 2 min. Trailer * The Impact of Chemical Addiction on the Family Stan Rowett, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapist  This new and profound DVD has been created to help chemically dependent people and family members understand that recovery is not complete or sustainable until all family members address and let go of the dysfunctional survival behaviors they have adopted to cope with their loved one’s addiction. Viewing this DVD expedites the process of breaking through the denial demonstrated by most family members, and opens the door for the healing process to begin across the family system. When I first started working in this field as a family therapist in the 1970's, treatment was focused on the alcoholic/addict, while the family members were asked to sit by with patience, understanding and forgiveness. Families were usually relieved that their loved one was finally getting the help that they needed, and they rarely engaged in the recovery process themselves. Because denial and lack of awareness regarding the impact of their own attitudes went unaddressed, relapse often ensued. Ever since my graduate days I have been intrigued by the concept of Homeostasis. When one segment of the family goes out of balance (whether it be due to illness of a family member, a parent going into the military, or loss of job), families compensate to restore balance. In the chemically dependent family, this dynamic is known as Survival Behavior. To make it easier for family members to grasp the concept of Survival Behavior and to accept the need for their participation in family therapy, I developed an interactive Family Dynamics Mobile. The Mobile visually and dramatically illustrates the behavioral and emotional coping behaviors adopted by various members of the family during their loved one’s addiction. The Family Dynamics Mobile is also used to demonstrate how families can return to Homeostasis, essential to everyone's recovery. In the DVD, I demonstrate the use of the Family Dynamics Mobile and describe the Survival Behaviors typically found in families coping with a chemically dependent member. The DVD is effective with small or large groups via a computer, large screen TV, or other projection devices. The DVD allows the operator, the therapist or instructor the flexibility to leave the room while the DVD is playing and return to process and reinforce the information with the family members, after the DVD has ended. The DVD is used as a stand-alone teaching tool or in combination with the actual Family Dynamics Mobile. If you work with chemically dependent families, this video is a must for your library. This DVD uses the roles and challenges required for recovery described in The Family Trap by Sharon Wegscheider Cruse. The DVD is used as a stand-alone teaching tool or in combination with the actual Family Dynamics Mobile.
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Stan's new DVD really enhances the mobile itself, and it can be used very effectively on its own.  Used either way, the DVD is another great teaching aid, demonstrating how the chemical dependency of one family member affects the whole family. – Gordon Coburn, MFT Chair, Alcohol & Drug Counseling Dept. Santa Barbara City College
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THE DRAMA TRIANGLE (18 minutes)  * Watch the 1:47 min. Trailer * How to recognize and overcome dysfunction in relationships that involve substance abuse Stan Rowett, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapist  This new and profound DVD has been created to help chemically dependent people and family members understand that recovery is not complete or sustainable until all family members address and let go of the dysfunctional survival behaviors they have adopted to cope with their loved one’s addiction. Viewing this DVD expedites the process of breaking through the denial demonstrated by most family members, and opens the door for the healing process to begin across the family system. Ever since my graduate days I have been intrigued by the concept of Homeostasis. When one segment of the family goes out of balance (whether it be due to illness of a family member, a parent going into the military, or loss of job), families compensate to restore balance. In the chemically dependent family, this dynamic is known as Survival Behavior. To make it easier for family members to grasp the concept of Survival Behavior and to accept the need for their participation in family therapy, I developed an interactive Family Dynamics Mobile. The Mobile visually and dramatically illustrates the behavioral and emotional coping behaviors adopted by various members of the family during their loved one’s addiction. The Family Dynamics Mobile is also used to demonstrate how families can return to Homeostasis, essential to everyone's recovery. In the DVD, I demonstrate the use of the Family Dynamics Mobile and describe the Survival Behaviors typically found in families coping with a chemically dependent member. The DVD is effective with small or large groups via a computer, large screen TV, or other projection devices. The DVD allows the operator, the therapist or instructor the flexibility to leave the room while the DVD is playing and return to process and reinforce the information with the family members, after the DVD has ended. “This video summarizes forty years of family systems experience into a concise description of the Victim, Rescuer and Persecutor dynamics that anyone who has worked with addiction will immediately recognize. This is a must have for anyone who works with chemical dependency. I can’t wait to share it with my staff!” Stan Speck, MFT - Cottage Residential Center Manager, Santa Barbara, CA. The DVD is used as a stand-alone teaching tool or in combination with the actual Family Dynamics Mobile.
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