GP Cookbook for families

Cookbook recipes on  crisis management in the process of addiction treatment 

What families can do if their child meets crisis situations in the Therapeutic Community 


Work with families in Magdaléna 

  • Therapeutic groups (online, F2F) 
  • Family Saturdays 
  • Family Weekend Stays in the TC 
  • Individual consultations Cookbook – what is it for? 


Situations which make parents anxious and which are repeated 

  • each specific situation has one recipe 
  • emphasis on practical information for parents of addicted adult children, for example: 
  1. Gazpacho soup : cold tomato soup 
  • premature leaving of the community, what to do: 
  • connect with team – ask for the information from both sides 
  • don’t offer living at home – make the leaving complicated 
  1. Little snacks : small taste for small something 
  • appetite for drugs, what to do: 
  • don´t panic, it´s normal 
  • don’t take the responsibility for it instead of your child – ask him what he plans to do 
  1. Cabbage rolls : hidden taste 
  • shared secret, what to do: 
  • stay in connection with the therapist of your child 
  • don’t “betray” your child with disclosure of secret but make him/her be responsible for it 

4.Multi-level cake : different levels of the cake 

  • transition to the higher phase of treatment is not successful: 
  • ask for the concrete reasons what happened 
  • When the transition happens easily it doesn’t have to be the best way for abstinence 

5.Lemon sauce : sour taste 

  • non-compliance with the agreement, what to do: 
  • don´t be afraid to open it during the individual consultation 
  • openness is the main tool on the way to the abstinence 

6.Goulash: mix of flavors and spices 

  • 1st time weekend-out from the TC, what to do: 
  • don´t give extra money to your child 
  • it´s usual he/she meets “toxic” friends from the past, don´t hesitate to share your feelings 

7.Fondue : food we can share 

  • you as a parent can choose with whom you share your troubles with addiction of your child 
  • You have no obligation to answer unpopular questions to everybody 
  • To keep up the system of lies is exhausting 
  1. Cheese triangles : food with 3 corners 
  • a triangle in the therapy process is necessary 
  • We need to be in touch: client – parent -psychotherapist otherwise the treatment is not that successful 
  • when we miss one part of the triangle we miss important part 
  1. Dessert : we serve dessert after the main menu 
  • aftercare service is necessary, what to do: 
  • don´t underestimate the necessity of aftercare service 
  • it´s important to concentrate on work as well as on the meeting with therapist 


Each parent receives a copy of the Cookbook recipes at the intake of their child in the TC. The complete Cookbook encompasses dozens of recipes (see Czech version on the platform).


Thank You For Your Attention 

Klára Brázdová – Family Therapist 

Magdaléna, o.p.s. Czech Republic