1st Edition

Counselling a Recovering Drug User A Person-Centered Dialogue

By Richard Bryant-Jefferies Copyright 2003

    "This book is well timed and critically needed because it is a unique focus specifically working with the individual drug abuser which is written within the Carl Rogers’ person-centered approach. This book is matchless and deeply insightful. Bryant-Jefferies offers critical wisdom from his many years of counseling persons with substance abuse problems and brings into the text the guidance and skill of an experienced supervisor. No doubt this book will remain a reference for a long time to come for all of us working in the field of counseling persons with drug abuse problems."
    — Dana Murphy Parker, in her Foreword, Professor of Nursing, Arizona Western College, Board of Directors, The International Nurses Society on Addictions

    "Counselling a Recovering Drug User has a story line that gripped me like a magnet from cover to cover. The reader will come away with a heightened awareness and increased knowledge of the complexities of dealing with people who have a drug-related problem. Many people will benefit from this book. The lay reader will find the book an engaging read whilst gaining some insight into the world of drug users and the counselling process. Actual and potential clients may need this and gain encouragement about the benefits of person-centred counselling. Health professionals will find this book provides an easy-to-follow explanation of Carl Roger’s counselling model and a unique view on how the counselling relationship allows a troubled client to grow and heal. I enjoyed this book immensely. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in drug users’ problems and the therapeutic relationship."
    — Dr Peter C Robinson, in his Foreword General Practitioner, Surrey; GP with a Special Interest in Substance Misuse, Guildford, Surrey

    A new beginning. Painful memories and the struggle to identify feelings. Supervision 1. Panic attack and using on top. Making sense of the lapse. Supervision 2. 'Parts' of Dan begin to emerge as he connects with his past. Further 'parts' emerge and the metaphor of a jigsaw of self arises. Supervision 3. A month later. The past relived. Supervision 4. Dan reflects on his goals for the future.


    Richard Bryant-Jefferies

    "The book is very readable and accessible; it is unusual in that it would be helpful to anyone involved from either side of the divide between therapists and users."
    —Dr. Maria Bain, Psychiatrist, Alcohol Problems Service, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, in Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry

    "This excellent book on drug users and the counselling process applied Carl Rogers’ person-centred approach as a medium to demonstrate the way that drug users can be aided in their journey towards abstinence. …the book also offers insights into the day-to-day experience of drug users in a way that is both factual and informative about the ingoing client–therapist dialogue."
    —Nick Grenville, in Nursing Standard

    "It gives readers a real understanding and insight into the world of a drug user and the possible contributors to the problem. Actual and potential clients could gain encouragement about the benefits of person-centred counselling. Health professionals can find an easy-to-follow explanation of Rogers’ counselling model and how counselling allows a troubled client to grow and heal."
    —Caroline Morris, in Addiction Treatment Today

    "As a practitioner I am grateful that Richard Bryant-Jefferies has written this book. The fact he is breaking new ground is indisputable."
    —Catherine Hayes, in Health Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal