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Chapter 3: A Clinical Perspective on Why a 12-Step Program Is a Useful Tool for Reversing the Damage Wrought by Substance Dependence

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A Clinical Perspective on Why a 12-Step Program Is a Useful Tool for Reversing the Damage Wrought by Substance Dependence
A clinical perspective on why a 12-step program is a useful tool for reversing the damage wrought by substance dependence

With all of the imperfections of a 12-Step program, with the ambivalent evidence of its effectiveness, and with the difficulty some clients experience joining the program, why on Earth would any therapist ever recommend that a client participate? The answer is that for all of its imperfections, there is a real clinical case for a client's involvement in 12-Steps. This chapter presents that case.

There are many areas of neurobiological, cognitive, and affective functioning that become altered and/or damaged by substance use. Some of these effects are ...

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