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

Future Directions for Evidence-Based Addictions Counseling Research

Future Directions for Evidence-Based Addictions Counseling Research

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of reading this chapter and completing the suggested activities, the learner will be able to

  • identify the biopsychosocial model of client case conceptualization;
  • list advances in neuroscience research related to addictions counseling;
  • describe at least two types of interventions using brain science; and
  • apply the knowledge learned in a clinical case scenario.


Psychological Theory–Based Conceptualizations

Conceptualization is an important part of the clinical work for professional counselors working with clients who may be at different points on the addiction spectrum. Case conceptualization is the application of theoretical concepts to a client’s story, in order to gain insight as to how the client has ended up where he or she is today. In addition, ...

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