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.

Theory and Practice of Group Work With Addictions
17 Theory and practice of group work with addictions
Melanie M. Iarussi

Group work is one of the most common forms of treatment for addictions and has been deemed clinically effective and cost-effective (Brook, 2015). According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) 2013 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, 94.6% of substance abuse treatment programs reported offering group counseling as a treatment option, and a majority of these programs reported that 76% to 100% of their clientele received group counseling (SAMHSA, 2014). As such, the majority of individuals who participate in addiction treatment will engage in group work.

Group work requires the group leader to apply specific knowledge and ...

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