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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia E. Murphy, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book offers a creative approach to providing information about group process in the treatment of addiction. Rather than providing information in a cognitive manner, the author invites the reader to enter into a group of first person participants.
Purpose: Arising from a theory that addiction is a disease of isolation, the book's aim is to support an understanding of the primary role of group therapy in treatment. The style of the book allows the reader to enter into a group process and to learn from experience. For those willing to engage in this type of learning, the book is a great text.
Audience: The author makes clear that this is not a self-help book. Rather, it is a book intended for the use of those who work with persons who have addictions.
Features: The book has a unique style of asking the reader to join a group. Different fonts for each participant allow a conversation without the interruption of indicating the speaker. Some who are academically inclined might prefer a book based more on research. On the other hand, the professional who might not have time to attend a recovery group could develop helpful insights from the book's informal, though well developed approach.
Assessment: At first, the varied fonts seem off-putting. The reader might not bother to go any farther than leafing or flipping through the pages. However, spending time with this group is very educational. The author's well-reasoned approach and the clear description of the application of this method of healing makes this an extraordinary book that is apt to be of interest to those with education in psychiatry as well as to those with a less technical background.