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

Understanding the Importance of Evidence-Based Practices for Professional Counselors

Understanding the Importance of Evidence-Based Practices for Professional Counselors

Learning Objectives

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

  • explain the professional and ethical importance of evidence-based practices;
  • define and identify evidence-based programs and practices in addictions counseling; and
  • identify key stakeholders involved in treatment of addictions counseling.

“If we knew what we were doing, it would not be called Research.”—Albert Einstein

The quote from Albert Einstein is one that has resonated with many of us who have embarked on the journey of conducting research. We believe it is also true for students as they begin learning about the research process and consider the implications for their future as professional helpers. ...

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