Group Cognitive Therapy for Addictions

Amy Wenzel, Bruce S. Liese, Aaron T. Beck, and Dara G. Friedman-Wheeler

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July 1, 2012
ISBN 9781462505494
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274 Pages
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“Finally, someone has been able to present an addictions treatment model without debating the disease- or harm reduction models and without arguing over the effectiveness of twelve-step groups, reality therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), or existential, psychodynamic, or psychoanalytic approaches. In promoting the cognitive therapy addictions group (CTAG) model, the authors have artfully provided a well-explained text, divided into three sections, that details the particulars of CBT and the nuances of applying CBT to addiction groups....The flexibility of this model lies within the group process itself. By using a variety of interventions, specific group tasks, and interpersonal dialogue, clinicians and participants join in creating a unique group dynamic that addresses the objectives of addiction treatment in an active and meaningful way. Group Cognitive Therapy for Addictions will appeal to a wide range of mental health professionals-rookies and veterans alike. Clinicians new to group work with addictions would greatly benefit from the clarity in which the CTAG model is presented, including useful diagrams, written homework assignments, and group closure strategies; an 'Old Sock', like myself, can appreciate the authors' fresh perspective of cognitive behavioral addictions treatment and will find this book a useful resource for teaching and supervising others.”


“Takes readers on a comprehensive trip through every aspect of a cognitive group model for addictions, including cognitive theory, group psychotherapy theory, and practice and how addictions are treated using this framework….Based on two decades of research and clinical practice in cognitive therapy, this model, referred to as the Cognitive Therapy Addiction Group or CTAG, includes many elements that make it relatively easy to learn and apply across settings and clients….Highly useful.”

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“Offers an approach to treatment that is flexible, well thought out, and solidly based in research. The book's authors make a convincing case that their CTAG can address a diverse of individuals with differing presentations. For clinicians who regularly work with these individuals, the book can serve as a valuable component of a comprehensive treatment approach. For those who are not versed in the care of people struggling with addictions, [ital] Cognitive Therapy for Addictions[/ital] is an excellent introduction to a modality that can be of benefit to a particular subset of patients.”


“This book describes what a cognitive model of addiction looks like and presents a clear rationale for an open-ended group. Clients are encouraged to discuss their challenges, with a strong focus on achievable changes that they can implement. The cognitive model guides rather than drives the discussion. This team of authors knows the field very well, and the book is well illustrated with excellent practical examples. This book has real depth. It is an admirably clear call to skillful practice.”

—Stephen Rollnick, PhD, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

“Although the group format has become one of the most widely used modalities for treating substance use disorders, books that offer scientifically based, practical guidance for leading these groups are rare. This book presents a comprehensive cognitive model of addiction and provides a fresh approach to extending cognitive interventions to the group setting. Rather than creating a 'cookbook,' the authors have maintained a nice balance between the process of group therapy and the application of specific techniques.”

—Mary Marden Velasquez, PhD, Director, Health Behavior Research and Training Institute, School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin

“This very welcome book expands the domain of cognitive therapy. Building on the empirical literature, the authors adapt cognitive therapy for conducting open therapy groups with clients who have a variety of addictive disorders. The extensive emphasis on—and many examples of—cognitive case conceptualization is particularly helpful.”

—Mark B. Sobell, PhD, ABPP, and Linda Carter Sobell, PhD, ABPP, Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University

“Both novices and experienced professionals will find a clinically sound, theoretically supported, and empirically grounded model of group therapy for people struggling with addictions. Strengths of this reader-friendly treatment guide include clinical illustrations; clear and informative figures, tables, and forms; and cognitive case conceptualizations that illustrate how to apply cognitive theory to individual group members and the group as a whole. The authors do a superb job of translating theoretical and empirical knowledge into practice principles. This is a first-rate book that will be a welcome addition to the libraries of addictions professionals.”

—Meredith Hanson, DSW, Professor and Director, PhD in Social Work Program, Fordham University

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