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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book introduces the Transtheoretical Model (TTM), which describes how addictions develop and recovery begins. This model was developed by Drs. DiClemente and Prochaska over a 20-year period.
Purpose: According to the author, "This volume offers such a new approach in the form of an alternative, integrative perspective for understanding addiction and recovery." This is a worthy objective, which the book definitely meets.
Audience: The author states, "It is my hope that this book will be useful to all who deal with addictions, especially treatment providers, prevention specialists, researchers, and policymakers." He adds, "The ultimate goal of this book is to assist professionals to help individuals to move out of the path leading to addiction and to help those already addicted along the road to recovery." I also think that graduate students in clinical psychology could benefit greatly from this book.
Features: TTM is a stage theory, similar to that of Erik Erikson. It describes the stages of change, the processes of change, the markers of change, and context of change. It is transtheoretical because there are many ways of explaining how change occurs. TTM first began with research into smoking behavior and was expanded into other addictive behaviors. It focuses on the decisional processes, both internal and external, involved in moving from one stage to another. The book is good because it is easy to read. TTM is thoroughly explained and makes sense. I like this model because it integrates different theoretical components.
Assessment: I really enjoyed this book because it thoroughly explains the stages of addiction and recovery. It is practical and I think that clients will benefit from it. TTM challenges clients with tasks and goals within each stage. Since addictive behaviors, specifically those related to drugs and alcohol, are a major public health problem, any new models of addiction/recovery are welcomed with open arms. This book is definitely a breath of fresh air in helping to deal with addicted individuals.