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Treating jealousy as a system dynamic in recovering alcoholic families: An application of the social network model of recovery

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Jealousy often interferes with the recovery process for alcoholic families. Recovery for such families requires that external boundaries shift from rigid and closed to open and more permeable. Jealousy often erupts as families struggle with shifting boundaries. When jealousy is recognized as a system dynamic, necessary to the process of recovery, it is manageable. The key to the treatment of jealousy in recovering families is recognizing the crucial role of boundaries in both the development and recovery processes.

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Hicks, M.W., Cornille, T.A. Treating jealousy as a system dynamic in recovering alcoholic families: An application of the social network model of recovery. Contemp Fam Ther 15, 381–393 (1993).

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