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

Intensive Family Interventions

Intensive Family Interventions

Learning Objectives

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

  • identify the instances when a family intervention is appropriate;
  • list the different approaches to family interventions;
  • discuss the appropriateness of using anecdotal evidence to guide decisions;
  • describe at least two models of family intervention; and
  • apply the steps of family intervention work to a clinical case.

Risky use of substances does lead to concern for those close to the individual, and for many by the time addiction is activated (remember the spectrum) there have been numerous events elevating that concern. As a counselor, the below quotes are a few examples of what you may hear from concerned family members in your role as a professional counselor. ...

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