1st Edition

Grief Work in Addictions Counseling

Edited By Susan R. Furr, Kathryn Hunsucker Copyright 2022
    320 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    320 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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 20 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