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Treating Addiction
A Guide for Professionals

William R. Miller, Alyssa A. Forcehimes, and Allen Zweben

464 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"
July 2011
ISBN 978-1-60918-638-8
Cat. #8638
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November 2011
ISBN 978-1-60918-640-1
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“This work is a must read for any professional who wants to treat of support the treatment of patients who struggle with addictions. The research-based, comprehensive handbook offers practical guidance to understand, identify, assess, and treat addictions....To date, this is the best resource applying current theory and research to relevant, useful, and accessible clinical practice. Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners.”


“The authors...have packed this book with unique insights and a thoughtful distillation of what research has taught us about the nature of addiction and its treatment....I was most impressed by their inclusion of a lengthy chapter on the importance of individualizing treatment plans, and selecting the most appropriate treatments for clients based on research and evidence....Eminently practical and authoritative, this book provides real-world, practical information for improving addiction treatment and for increasing the adoption of evidence-based practices among clinicians. Moreover, it identifies and illustrates the issues that arise in addiction treatment, including topics such as responding to resistance, enhancing adherence, promoting maintenance, working with groups, and addressing the spiritual side of addiction treatment....An excellent integrative guide that empowers readers with a wealth of information, understanding, and advice....I highly recommend adding this book to your library or collection.”

Metapsychology Online Reviews

“In their preface to the book, the esteemed authors note they have had nearly a century of experience in the field of addiction, in clinical psychology and social work, and it shows!...The authors have provided an excellent foundation for the understanding of addiction and its context and recommendations for intervention. New and experienced practitioners will be interested in this book and will make reference to it throughout their working lives.”

Drug and Alcohol Review

“Written by well-respected addiction researchers and skilled clinicians, this book is a one-stop shop for those interested in learning about the latest evidence-based treatments. Students and practicing clinicians will find both basic scientific information and an arsenal of evidence-based practices that can improve client outcomes. The book provides helpful how-to examples, resources, and tools, emphasizing ways to plan individualized treatment that incorporates motivational factors. This comprehensive book will appeal to a broad audience.”

—Carrie Randall, PhD, Distinguished University Professor and Director, Alcohol Research Center, Medical University of South Carolina

“This book gives particular emphasis to the practical things clinicians need to know and do to treat addiction successfully. The authors are world leaders in treatment who describe an approach that is comprehensive, evidence based, multidisciplinary, holistic, and collaborative. A terrific text for courses that train professionals to deal with addiction problems, this book is destined to become a classic. I highly recommend it!”

—Timothy J. O'Farrell, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

“The authors have blended superb clinical acumen with an exceptional grasp of cutting-edge research to produce this practical, scholarly, and client-centered book. The book captures the complexities of addiction treatment in an engaging manner. A major strength is the way the authors move beyond their strong presentation of evidence-based practices to thoroughly discuss the process and context of treatment, ably addressing the necessary conditions for therapeutic change. Addiction treatment specialists and other clinicians will be well served by this book. It can be used as a primary text in graduate-level courses on addiction treatment or as a supplemental text in virtually any advanced clinical practice course.”

—Meredith Hanson, DSW, Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University

“This is an excellent integrative guide from authors who include the originator of motivational interviewing, one of the most useful innovations in the care of patients with addictive behavior problems. Clearly written, the book will enhance the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of any student or teacher of addiction treatment. More experienced addiction therapists also will find many nuggets of wisdom well worth the read.”

—Richard J. Frances, MD, Department of Psychiatry, New York University Medical School

“A wide spectrum of professionals—both specialists and nonspecialists—are increasingly treating people with substance use disorders. This book succeeds admirably in the important aim of encouraging and assisting frontline workers to better understand and effectively help people with addictive disorders. Written in clear and accessible language, this is a comprehensive and authoritative guide for anyone wishing to enter this demanding but highly rewarding field of work.”

—Nick Heather, PhD, FBPsS, Emeritus Professor of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies, Northumbria University, United Kingdom
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