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Historical Foundations of Addiction Counseling

Historical Foundations of Addiction Counseling

Learning Objectives

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

  • understand and distinguish between the numerous professional organizations representing the addictions counseling field;
  • identify significant historical events related to the field of addictions counseling; and
  • discuss and explain the professionalization of the addictions counseling field.

Examining the history of addiction within the United States is a multifaceted endeavor. A variety of different issues of focus come into awareness that one may never had considered before, such as looking at substance use trends, examining the person who has provided services to those struggling with addiction, and attending to legal issues of relevance. This history is extensive and long. To fully examine ...

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