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In a healthy Recovery Group the students are comfortable talking about the personal details of their lives and helping other members who might not be doing so well. Usually many members of this group are also involved in ongoing therapy groups such as those in a mental health center or in a treatment center's aftercare program. They're usually attending Alcohol- Page 29 ics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous as well. All in all, most members of a well-run Recovery Group are making positive and courageous changes in their lives, and being a part of this group can be exciting and personally rewarding for everyone involved.

Page 24 Concerned Persons Group Recognizing that a large number of students are harmfully affected by parental chemical dependence, many schools are beginning to provide support groups specifically targeted for these students. The problems that students bring to a Concerned Persons Group are more complex than those of the other groups. While the other two groups focus specifically on stopping the use of mind-altering chemicals, the Concerned Persons Group must address a wide variety of problems including low self-esteem, coping skills, physical or sexual abuse, and recognizing and sharing feelings.

The students need support: They need to be encouraged to turn insight into action by changing their thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and behaviors. When students who haven't made the jump from insight to action see their peers making these changes, and when the leader and other group members encourage them to join the group, they'll tend to join and follow suit. For example, when students in a support group talk about how they've been affected by someone else's chemical dependence and tell what they're doing to change things for themselves, the group member who's afraid to talk about his feelings because it's uncomfortable and because others might laugh will Page 17 join in.

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