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Integrating 12 Steps and Psychotherapy: Helping Clients Find Sobriety and Recovery presents a practical and applied approach to working with substance dependent clients. Designed to be accessible to a wide and multidisciplinary audience of helpers at all skill levels, this text helps future practitioners fully understand the clinical challenges with substance dependence, adjust their thinking and technique in order to match their client's phase of recovery, and optimize client retention and treatment outcomes. Utilizing educator, training, and practice perspectives, authors Kevin A. Osten and Robert Switzer explore relevant theory and techniques in integrating 12-Steps across a broad range of clinical issues including: the assessment and treatment of resistant and ambivalent pre-recovery clients; boundary setting, undoing antisocial adaption; processing counter transference reactions; and the intersection between biological functioning and ability in early recovery.

An Integrated View: Comparing 12-Steps and Psychology
An integrated view: Comparing 12-steps and psychology
A Note on Language

As with any field, this area of work has its own specific terminology. For the purpose of this book, the terms substance dependent, chemically dependent, alcoholic, and addict will be used interchangeably to describe clients who meet the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Fourth Edition's (DSM-IV) criteria for someone who is substance dependent. Also, please note that we, the authors, firmly hold onto the belief that a-drug-is-a-drug-is-a-drug. Or, in other words, the process of substance dependence is equivalent across individuals regardless of the substance or substances involved. Although there may be some specific differences related to different intoxicants (for example, alcoholics are more likely to have memory loss), in all ...

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