Reflecting the latest content in the DSM–5, The Spectrum of Addiction presents a comprehensive overview of addictive behaviors and habits from early use through risky use, severe-risk use, and addiction. Authors Laura Veach and Regina Moro draw from their experience in both teaching and counseling to provide real-world knowledge and evidence-based practices for working with clients who fall within the spectrum of addiction ranging from experimentation to physical addiction and recovery. With a unique focus on neuroscience, integration of CACREP standards, and extensive coverage of addictions across the lifespan, the book serves as a practical resource for future addiction counselors. The Spectrum of Addiction is part of SAGE’s Counseling and Professional Identity Series. To learn more about each text in the series, please visit

Brief Counseling Interventions

Brief Counseling Interventions

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of reading this chapter and participating in the guided exercises, the learner will be able to

  • understand the need for brief interventions in the addictions counseling field;
  • distinguish between multiple brief intervention approaches and identify clinical settings they are utilized in; and
  • begin practicing skills of brief intervention models under supervision of an advanced counselor.

In Chapter 6 we discussed the assessment process for addictions, and in Chapter 7 we discussed the diagnostic process and recent changes to the standard diagnostic manual emphasizing the spectrum of addiction disorders. This current chapter examines the growing field of brief counseling interventions, which may be used at different points along the addiction spectrum. Historically, these have been found to occur between assessment and ...

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