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Chapter 6: Therapy Considerations and Techniques
Similar to assessment, therapeutic work with substance-dependent people greatly benefits from skill sets that may or may not have been emphasized in a clinician's training. However, even clinicians who have received no explicit training in this area will find that they already have many of the tools in these skill sets that they need. This chapter not only covers therapeutic technique, but also discusses the role of the therapist with the client and the systems involved in recovery.
Substance-dependent clients can be a difficult group. They bring to most treatments a challenging mix of ambivalence, manipulation, and a tendency to become resistant or oppositional. These traits ...