SFL 400

Addiction, Recovery, Healing in Marriage and Families

Family Life College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Course Description

Addiction, recovery, and healing are examined in marriage and family context; beginning preparation for relationship-oriented addiction recovery counseling careers.

When Taught


Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)










SFL 336


Students Content and Theory

Learning Outcome

Students will gain a compassionate as well as academic understanding of the nature and experience of addiction that informs them of how persons can assist in recovery in a helping role--learning both academically and from the firsthand perspectives of individuals, couples, and families struggling with addiction and striving for recovery.   Students will be aware of clinical diagnostic criteria used by helping professionals to identify the presence of a substance or behavioral addiction or compulsion.   Students will understand the numerous dimensions and dynamics contributing to powerlessness of addiction and will understand how that knowledge informs recovery work and intervention.   Students will be able to evaluate couple/family relationships affected by addiction and each couple's/family's needs in recovery.   Students will learn a model for recovery and healing in relationship context.    Building on the entire course curriculum and experience students will be able to outline a process for individual recovery and relationship healing from addiction.