1st Edition

A Comprehensive Guide to Addiction Theory and Counseling Techniques

By Alan A. Cavaiola, Margaret Smith Copyright 2020
    224 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    A blend of theory and counseling techniques, this comprehensive text provides readers with an overview of several major counseling theories and their application to substance use disorders and addiction counseling, along with related techniques and interventions.

    Chapters incorporate cutting edge evidenced-based research on neuroscience, psychological and sociocultural theories explaining the biopsychosocial influences of substance use disorders, and examine how substance use disorder risk factors can be utilized when assessing someone who may have a substance use disorder. The text additionally helps apply theory to practice, offering intervention techniques and using accessible case studies. Throughout the text, highlighted learning opportunities and key terms further help students to practice and apply the theories, interventions and techniques that the book discusses.

    Mental health professionals, undergraduate and graduate students alike will benefit from this deft mix of prominent theory, innovative research and accessible case studies.

    Chapter 1. Introduction to Addiction Theory

    Chapter 2 Psychoanalytic Theory

    Chapter 3. Behavioral and Learning Theory Model

    Chapter 4. Family Systems Theory

    Chapter 5 Biological Models of Addiction

    Chapter 6 Sociocultural Model

    Chapter 7. Solution-Focused Theory

    Chapter 8 Existential Models

    Chapter 9 The Transtheoretical Model, Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing

    Chapter 10. Developmental Theories of Recovery and Personality Theory

    Chapter 11. Relapse Prevention

    Chapter 12: The Diathesis-Stress Model



    Alan A. Cavaiola, PhD, LPC, LCADC, is a full professor in the department of professional counseling at Monmouth University and currently serves as the director of the addiction studies program. He is the former clinical director of addiction treatment programs at Monmouth Medical Center.

    Margaret Smith, EdD, MLADC, is a full professor in public health/addiction and pre-professional mental health at Keene State College. Her clinical experience includes alcohol and other drug counseling specializing in co-occurring disorders, elderly, women and LGBT populations. She also worked as the coordinator of alcohol and other drug education at Dartmouth College. 

    "Although there are many textbooks designed to teach counseling theories and techniques, most fail to apply these theories and techniques specifically to addiction treatment and recovery. When counselors understand how to correctly apply counseling theories and techniques to addiction treatment and recovery, they become extremely valuable tools in assisting individuals to develop and maintain effective recovery solutions. A Comprehensive Guide to Addiction Theory and Counseling Techniques was specifically designed and written by two of our nation’s most outstanding addiction counselor educators. They understand how to teach future addiction professionals and how to apply counseling theories and techniques to addiction treatment and recovery. A Comprehensive Guide to Addiction Theory and Counseling Techniques is an extremely valuable tool for both addiction counseling students and professionals. I highly recommend it." 

    Kirk Bowden, PhD, Chair of the Rio Salado College Addiction and Substance Use Disorder Program; Professor-in-Charge of the Ottawa University Addiction Counseling Program; Past president of NAADAC, The Association of Addiction Professionals; Past president of the International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education

    "A Comprehensive Guide to Addiction Theory and Counseling Techniques provides a much-needed overview of major theoretical approaches in the counseling field and, specifically, how these theories may be applied practically to the field of addiction studies. Written in an engaging and accessible way, the book offers both Bachelor’s and Master's level students a foundation from which to develop skills and critical thinking as they work through various examples and case studies. I would also consider this book for the Associate's level educator as an appropriate additional resource for students."

    Joan E. Standora, PhD, Lic. Clinical & Drug Cnslr. (NJ); Lic.Alcohol & Drug Cnslr. (CT); CASAC-Adv. (NY); CADC (PA); MAC

    "The authors have written a comprehensive review of addiction theories and provided case conceptualization examples and student activity suggestions to facilitate better earning and understanding of the application of the theories. The case conceptualizations and activities are valuable in assisting students in gaining an understanding of the different theoretical perspectives and their impact on practitioners' approaches to assessment and treatment of clients." 

    Vicki Michels, PhD, Minot State University