Comparative Treatments of Substance Abuse / Edition 1

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"This volume in Springer's well-conceived Comparative Treatments [for] Psychological Disorders Series was designed to examine psychotherapy approaches to chemical dependence treatment…[it] provides important theoretical and clinical information that will be of great use to psychotherapy students, particularly those at the graduate level. It will make an excellent companion resource to many specific chemical dependence treatment texts because it provides a variety of theories that are clearly linked to practical intervention strategies." —International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, August 2000.

This volume addresses a clinical problem seen by most mental health professionals—the abuse of drugs and alcohol. Drs. Dowd and Rugle have assembled top professionals in the field to address the same case to illuminate the strengths and weaknesses of different therapeutic approaches to substance abuse. Treatment modalities include psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, REBT, family therapy, and more. The volume also presents current outcome research for evidence-based interventions.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Meet the Author

E. Thomas Dowd, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Psychology at Kent State University, and previously taught at Florida State University and the University of Nebraska. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in two divisions, is President of the American Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, and is former president and currently on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, Inc. His research interests are in cognitive behaviorial/developmental therapy, hypnosis and hypnotherapy and its integration into CBT, the effect of individual differences in psychological reactance on the therapy process, and memory processes and tacit knowledge structures in psychological functioning and malfunctioning.

Dr. Dowd is the author or editor of countless articles, book chapters, and books, including The Psychologies of Religion: Working with the Religious Client (co-edited with S.L. Nielsen--Springer Publishing Company, 2006), and Clinical Advances in Cognitive Psychotherapy: Theory and Application (co-edited with Robert Leahy--Springer Publishing Company, 2002).

Loreen Rugle, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has focused on treatment and research of pathological gambling since 1984. Currently, Dr. Rugle is coordinator of the Gambling Treatment Program at the Louis Stokes Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Brecksville Division in Cleveland, Ohio. She is also clinical and research director for Trimeridian, Inc., a company dedicated to the treatment and research of problem and pathological gambling. She has participated in research on neuroimaging, pharmacotherapy and genetic studies of pathological gamblers.

Dr. Rugle received her doctorate from Kent State University. She was Deputy Director of the Veterans Addiction Recovery Center (VARC) for several years at the Brecksville Unit of the Cleveland Department of Veterans Administration Medical Center.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Note
1 Substance Abuse in American Society 1
2 Outcome Research in Substance Abuse Treatment 8
3 The Case of "Paul" 50
4 A Psychodynamic Approach to Treatment 61
5 Behavioral Systems Approach 79
6 Cognitive Therapy of Substance Abuse 96
7 Thinking Your Way Clean: Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy With a Poly-Substance Abuser 127
8 Client-Centered and Holistic Approach for Older Persons With Addiction Problems 144
9 Client-Driven, Research-Guided Treatment for Substance Users: Bringing Harm Reduction to Clinical Practice 159
10 Relapse Prevention and Harm Reduction in the Treatment of Co-Occurring Addiction and Mental Health Problems 176
11 Family Therapy 193
12 Application of the Community Reinforcement Approach 210
13 The Case of Paul: A Systematic Approach to Ericksonian Utilization and Therapeutic Change 234
14 Comparative Treatments: Summary and Conclusions 256
App Comparison of Approaches to the Case of Paul: Responding to the Questions 269
Index 281
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