KEY FEATURES: A unique focus on the theories of addiction helps fill a gap in the literature that allows readers to connect theory to practice. A single case study explored from multiple perspectives allows students to compare all approaches applied to client situations. Sidebars with classroom discussion questions and activities assist students in further exploration of the theories. A list of resources concludes each chapter to encourage continued learning.
Chapter 8: Sociological Theory
When addiction counselors provide services to an individual who struggles with an addictive disorder, factors within the individual, such as a biological predisposition and psychological concerns, deliver insight that assists in the treatment of that individual. Although individual factors provide essential knowledge into the process of addiction, the reality that individuals exist within a social environment is crucial to consider. As humans, we each identify with certain cultural, social, and familial groups, and these groups have a strong impact on our values, beliefs, and behaviors. Accordingly, even when we are working one-on-one with a client, we would not be providing holistic services without taking into account the influence of the client's social environment ...