Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspective , Second by Katherine van Wormer, Diane Rae Davis

By Katherine van Wormer, Diane Rae Davis

Dependancy therapy covers the organic, mental, and social features of alcoholism, consuming problems, compulsive playing, and different addictions. First-person narratives concerning the adventure of dependancy offer you a realism and intensity of analysis now not usually present in textbooks. furthermore, you'll research subject matters that curiosity you, akin to the case opposed to so-called underage ingesting legislation, to teach you the significance of decreasing the damage of any addictive habit.

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The harm reduction approach recognizes the importance of giving equal emphasis to each of the biopsychosocial and spiritual factors in drug use. In collaboration, the counselor and client consider a broad range of solutions to the consequences of drug misuse, abstinence being only one. Forcing the client to admit to a substance addiction as a way of breaking through ‘‘denial,’’ according to proponents of this approach, can lead to resistance and a battle of wills between worker and client. When the focus of the professional relationship, however, is on promoting healthy lifestyles and on reducing problems that the client defines as important rather than on the substance use per se, many clients can be reached who would otherwise stay away (Denning, 2000; Hester & Miller, 2003; McNeece, 2003).

Within a climate of pressure to implement evidence-based treatment practices, increase performance standards, and prove the cost effectiveness of treatment programs, access to scientifically proven studies on treatment effectiveness is vital. But how can treatment effectiveness, under the circumstances, be measured? Understandings about how addiction is conceptualized have much to do with the treatment modalities utilized and even the professional and personal qualifications of the treatment staff.

S earlier re-arrest. ’’ begins Time magazine’s version (Lemonick, 2000, p. 97). This statement referred to the fact that this actor had recently completed treatment for cocaine and heroin use following an earlier arrest and had returned to a promising career, including a starring role in a Hollywood film with Julia Roberts, only to get caught possessing cocaine and speed shortly thereafter. Later, Mel Gibson similarly got into some trouble with the public when he drunkenly blurted out a series of anti-Semitic remarks (Maugh, 2006).

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