1st Edition

Treating Addicted Survivors of Trauma

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ISBN 9780898623246
Published February 13, 1995 by Guilford Press
283 Pages

USD $36.00

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Book Description

This book uses composite clinical examples and the authors' own practical experience to demonstrate how to treat addicted survivors of trauma and abuse.
By integrating mental health paradigms with disease models of addiction, and combining psychotherapeutic techniques with 12-step recovery practices, the authors present an easy-to-replicate model for assessment and treatment. They provide an overview of the various types and resulting effects of childhood abuse and other traumas, and then describe the disease of addiction and its treatment. Simultaneously addressing both addiction and survivor issues, the book describes ways to identify and assess substance-dependent survivors, and organize, direct, and plan their treatment. In addition, it provides specific strategies for working with significant others, adolescents, and individuals who also exhibit antisocial, borderline, and narcissistic personality disorders.
This book is aimed at psychologists, chemical dependency counselors, social workers, and family therapists.

Table of Contents

Philosophy of Treatment. Rachel's Story. The Impact and Process of Abuse. Addiction and Survivors. A Model for Dual Recovery and Crisis Stage Interventions. Interventions in Later Stages of Recovery. Depression, Anger, and Dissociation. The Addicted Adolescent Survivor. Addicted Survivors in Their Families, at Work, and in Therapy Groups. Afterword. The Dragon Dies, the Child Survives.

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'This book has vitality and clinical savvy. It is rich in examples with many pearls of wisdom sprinkled throughout. I think it will appeal to both clinicians with a general practice and specialists in trauma and/or substance abuse.' - Joan Ellen Zweben, Ph.D.

'Can't speak highly enough of this book. Reading it will benefit anyone who works with addicted and/or traumatized people.' - The Post-Traumatic Gazette 1:3

'This book fills an important gap in the existing literature on how to treat clients who present wi th these co-existing issues. It also presents a philosophy of treatment which is egalitarian, feminist, victim-sensitive and non-blaming. Though written for clinicians, the book contains information which may be helpful for survivors struggling with issues of alcohol and/or drug issues.' - Coalition Commentary, Spring 1996

'Incisive and sensitive... The best clinical guide of its kind.' - James Fine, MD