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What is the process of recovery for the family? What happens over time when one or both parents stops drinking? Are there stages, similar to those identified for the individual? What is the impact of this major change on the family and on individuals within? What is the impact of sobriety on children? In 1989, Dr. Brown and Dr. Virginia Lewis began The Family Recovery Project at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto to ask these basic questions. For over ten years, the project reviewed couples and families who weretogether for at least five years during active drinking and were still intact in recovery (length of total abstinence ranging from 79 days to over 18 years). They examined the process of change by length of sobriety within three domains: the environment, the system and the individuals within. What did they learn?