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From The CriticsReviewer: Marcella McGuire, MS, RN, CSADC (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book summarizes two days of discussions with a group of well-known alcohol experts from a variety of fields.
Purpose: The purpose is threefold: (1) to describe the philosophy inherent in the 12-step programs; (2) to offer advice on the best ways professionals can introduce intervention to their patients; and (3) to propose ideas for research that could test efficacy or identify subgroup utilization rates, etc.
Audience: The authors target a variety of mental health professionals.
Features: The references are adequate but are a duplication; references are common and cited frequently and very available in other existing material. The book's appearance is acceptable.
Assessment: A prestigious group spent two days together on this, and the outcome is a book that is three-quarters chatty and informational, which could have been accomplished by a paraprofessional, and one-quarter suggestions for a research agenda. Much of the content is already available in other sources. I was looking forward to their collected wisdom in the research idea section, but I was sadly disappointed.