A Community Reinforcement Approach to Addiction Treatment

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Overview

The community reinforcement approach (CRA) to treating alcohol and oth er drug problems is designed to make changes in the client's daily env ironment, to reduce substance abuse, and to promote a healthier lifest yle. This is the first book to present research on the effectiveness o f the CRA for a clinical readership. It includes the original study co mparing CRA with traditional treatments of alcohol dependence, and sum marizes other trials with alcohol, cocaine, and heroin users. The CRA program provides basic guidelines for clinicians, focusing on communic ation skills, problem solving and drink refusal strategies, and addres ses the needs of the client as part of a social community. Combining p ractical advice on such matters with a scientific survey of CRA in use , this book offers a new treatment approach to all involved with the s upport and treatment of those with alcohol and drug problems.
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"...not only scientifically sound and well written, but in some parts even exciting in such a way that you do not want to stop reading it." Addiction

"...compelling...I recommend this book both for addiction specialists who want to review the most effective treatments for their client groups, but also for the reader who is interested in seeing the evolution of a psychological treatment through various stages and refinements as this has much more general applicability." International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

"This is a clear, concise, reflective and most interesting book...essential..." European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

"Drs Meyers and Miller have assembled a comprehensive, highly informative book that is invaluable to individuals looking to be introduced to the history of this approach and learn therapeutic techniques invovled." Phychological Medicine

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Product Details

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Developing the Community Reinforcement Approach 1
2 Practice and Promise: The Azrin Studies 8
3 The Treatment 28
4 A Comparison of CRA and Traditional Approaches 62
5 Community Reinforcement and Traditional Approaches: Findings of a Controlled Trial 79
6 CRA with the Homeless 104
7 CRA and Treatment of Cocaine and Opioid Dependence 123
8 Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) 147
9 Summary and Reflections 161
References 171
Index 183
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