• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

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 ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles