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Principles and Practice of Group Work in Addictions

1st Edition

Edited by Robert Hill, Jennifer Harris


272 pages

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How can the group setting be used to treat those with drug and alcohol problems?

Many professionals working across a variety of addictions settings find themselves working in groups and tackling complex issues; however, there is often very little initial training or on-the-job support to help them in this challenging task. Principles and Practice of Group Work in Addictions has been written with the aim of addressing the key areas in working with drug and alcohol misuse while providing practical solutions to the more common problems that emerge in group work.

Drawing on the expertise of clinicians who work in the field of addictions, this book offers readers practical advice for everyday practice. Divided into three sections it covers:

  • core group work in addictions
  • practical issues and solutions to common problems
  • specific issues within the field of addictions.

Principles and Practice of Group Work in Addictions is illustrated throughout with practical case examples, providing the reader with an insight into group work in this area. The book will supply guidance for mental health professionals including clinicians, psychologists, nurses and medical staff who encounter group work in addictions for the first time, as well as providing further knowledge and support to those who already work in the field.


"Robert Hill and Jennifer Harris are to be congratulated for organizing and publishing this excellent resource for those who are engaged in group work in the treatment of addiction problems." - G. Alan Marlatt, From the Foreword

Table of Contents

Marlatt, Foreword. Hill, Harris, Introduction: Why Run Groups at All? Part I: Core Considerations in Addictions Group Work. Hill, Harris, Introduction to Part I. Brown, From Patient to Practitioner: A Personal Journey. Mitcheson, Grellier, Motivation and Change: The Role of Motivational Interviewing in Substance Use Groups. Wanigaratne, Keaney, Relapse Prevention for the 21st Century. Naylor, Little, Promoting Physical Health through Group Work. Wilson, Parry, Resources for Recovery. Hill, Hutton, Harris-Koch, McDonnell, Mindfulness-based Approaches to Addiction. Parker, An Introduction to Group Twelve-step Facilitation: Breaking Barriers and Myth Busting. Part II: Practical Considerations in Addictions Group Work. Harris, Hill, Introduction to II. Hill, Marshall, Harris, From Idea to Implementation: Planning and Training Strategies for Establishing Groups in Addictions. Atnas, "Stop Looking At Me!" How to Make Anxiety Work for You and Not Against You. Harris, Hill, Recognising and Responding to Challenging Group Behaviours. Harris, Underhill, Hill, How Do We Know the Group has Worked? Hill, Ryan, Managing Stress at Work. Part III: Specific Considerations in Addictions Group Work. Hill, Harris, Introduction To Part III. Wanigaratne, Cultural Issues in Group Work. Cloherty, Hill, Working with Cognitively Impaired Substance Users. Davies, Comorbidity in Groups. Meynen, Akransi, Working with Drug Users in the Criminal Justice Setting. Farmer, Shah-Armon, Acceptance and Change: Working with Complex Cases. Nhapi, Shaw, Reflections on Running a Women's Group on an Inpatient Alcohol Detoxification Ward. Weegmann, Psychodynamics in Groups or Psychodynamic Groups? Harris, Hill, Conclusions.

About the Editors

Robert Hill is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He has worked in the mental health and academic sector for the last 20 years and published extensively in the field.

Jennifer Harris is a Clinical Psychologist working for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She has a particular interest in addictions and health psychology.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Compulsive Behavior
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health