Previous Chapter Chapter 12: An Afterword for Experienced Clinicians Beginning Work with Substance Use Clients
Chapter 12: An Afterword for Experienced Clinicians Beginning Work with Substance Use Clients
We find that psychotherapists, especially insight-oriented ones, struggle with the concepts expressed in this text. We recognize and appreciate this struggle, since as therapists we are trained that everything is grist for the mill. We learn to look at how things are said, how meaning is embedded, how it is expressed, and then ultimately repeated in the therapeutic relationship.
Chemical dependency seems to be the perfect fit for this insight- and relationship-oriented approach. The addiction itself is full of meaning: the client's pattern of sabotaging and shattering their lives via the excessive use of an intoxicant; the pattern of attempting to control others around them ...