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Grief Work in Addictions Counseling

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ISBN 9780367538569
March 25, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
320 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Grief Work in Addictions Counseling is a book for practitioners and students in the field of substance abuse counseling who encounter grief and loss issues with clients recovering from addiction.

Enlightening the reader about loss, its relation to addiction, and the need to grieve these losses, this book provides specific strategies and techniques that readers can apply to both individual clients and counseling groups. Chapters address multicultural themes to help clinicians design treatments that will meet the needs of diverse genders, sexual orientations, cultures, ages, and spiritual orientations.

This book is useful both for professionals and as a supplemental textbook for students preparing to become addictions counselors.

Table of Contents

1. Is Addiction a Loss to Grieve?

Susan Furr

2. A Primer on Grief Theories and Their Application to Substance Use Recovery

Susan Furr

3. The Counselor’s Own Grief

Susan Furr

4. Understanding the Brain: Grief and Substance Abuse

Emily A. Barton

5. Women, Substance Use, and Grief

Susan Furr

6. Men, Substance Use, and Grief

Mark S. Woodford

7. African Americans: Substance Use, Grief, and Loss

Connie T. Jones and Gillian R. Galdy

8. Addiction and Grief in the Latinx Community

Daniel Gutierrez, Michelle Colon, and Stephanie Dorais

9. Grief and Substance Use in Asian Americans

Kok-Mun Ng, Susan Furr, Yun Shi, and Krupali Michaels

10. Addiction and Grief in the Native American Community

Kathleen Brown-Rice and Vanessa Iverson

11. Addiction and Grief in the LGBTQ+ Community

Pamela S. Lassiter, Michael Spivey, and Derrick Johnson

12. Addiction and Grief in the Military

Hank Harris and Lyndon Abrams

13. Addiction and Grief in Older Adults

Christine Tina Chasek

14. Grieving Traumatic Experiences and Addiction: An Adolescent Perspective

Regina Moro

15. Addiction and Grief in the Prison Population

Leigh Falls Holman

16. Addiction and Grief in Christianity

John Nance

17. Grief and Substance Use in Hindu Communities

Sejal Foxx

18. Grief and Substance Abuse in Islam

Tahsin Ilhan

19. A Buddhist Perspective on Loss Due to Addiction

Christie Nelson

20. Counseling Activities to Address Grief and Substance Use

Kathryn Hunsucker and Susan Furr

21. Using Metaphors: An Effective and Person-Centered Approach to Grief and Substance Abuse Counseling

Derrick Johnson and Hannah Glenn

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Susan R. Furr is a professor in the Department of Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a licensed psychologist with over twenty years of full-time practice as a counselor. Her areas of interest include suicide and crisis intervention as well as grief counseling where she has published research on losses related to addictions.

Kathryn Hunsucker is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and supervisor and licensed clinical addictions specialist who has worked in outpatient treatment programs, hospitals, disaster services, and state/local government with children, youth, families, adults, and geriatrics with mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities.


"On the market today there is an abundance of books addressing grief and loss. Some focus on assisting mental health counselors in their practices and others are self-help focused. Grief Work in Addictions Counseling is unique. It focuses on grief work applied to addiction counseling, a focus that has long been needed. It is a valuable tool for both addiction professionals and individuals in addiction recovery."
Kirk Bowden, PhD, chair of the Addiction and Substance Use Disorders Program at Rio Salado College, president of the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors, and past president of NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals