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"The transtheoretical model has fundamentally changed how Western professionals think about and address addictive behavior. In this new and original work, Dr. DiClemente extends this influential model to describe the development as well as the resolution of problems with drugs, sex, eating, and money. He thereby offers a comprehensive and fruitful framework to stimulate new professional thought on addiction policy, prevention, research, and treatment."William R. Miller, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico
"This book provides a refreshingly practical guide to help you navigate your way through competing theories, data, and dogma on how addiction can best be prevented and treated. Building on his previous work, Dr. DiClemente now helps us understand not only how people recover, but also how they develop addiction. His application of the transtheoretical model to complete the cycle of change is both intellectually satisfying and useful in planning and evaluating preventive interventions. Clinicians will be better able to explain to clients and families how addiction develops, and empower clients to change with dignity and compassion. Students using this book as a text in psychology courses or graduate studies in addiction will appreciate how the transtheoretical structure makes sense of the multiplicity of theories and approaches in the field. Researchers will enjoy the challenge to reexamine their models in light of Dr. DiClemente's synthesis of data. This book has deepened my understanding and appreciation of the transtheoretical model, and is sure to have a similar impact on others as well."David Mee-Lee, MD, Co-Chair, Quality Improvement Council, American Society of Addiction Medicine
"This volume combines cutting-edge research, theory, and practice to provide a panoramic perspective on the acquisition and cessation of addictions. Based on the transtheoretical model, the book offers an innovative, integrative approach to understanding addiction and change. It is a welcome contribution for those who teach and those who treat addictions"James O. Prochaska, PhD, Cancer Prevention Research Center, University of Rhode Island
"DiClemente articulates an important paradigm for understanding addictive behavior. This is the most complete description of the transtheoretical model of intentional behavior change to date. The volume's exploration of the interacting dimensions of change in both the evolution and resolution of addictive behaviors offers highly useful implications for researchers as well as clinicians."Sandra A. Brown, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of California, San Diego
"Easy to read, based on sound clinical research, and critical of singular and simple explanations of addiction."Psychiatric Services
"The logical, eloquent and accessible style used in the book allows the reader to meet the author. He engages us with the logic of his thinking, his interpretation of his own and others' research and his application of this to case studies, which are used throughout the book."--Addiction
Drug and Alcohol Review
"This book provides the most comprehensive coverage of the transtheoretical model yet published."Drug and Alcohol Review
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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, PsyD (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.