Pastoral Care Of Alcohol Abusers

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Over 120 million American teens and adults use alcohol at one time or another. While in most situations these individuals are able to use it responsibly and with moderation, no one is immune to its destructive use - which makes it a significant public health issue. Many drinkers find that their otherwise responsible use turns problematic and abusive when faced with depression, trauma, grief, undue social pressures, or other tempting and potentially addictive behaviors. Not all of these people become full-fledged ...
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Overview

Over 120 million American teens and adults use alcohol at one time or another. While in most situations these individuals are able to use it responsibly and with moderation, no one is immune to its destructive use - which makes it a significant public health issue. Many drinkers find that their otherwise responsible use turns problematic and abusive when faced with depression, trauma, grief, undue social pressures, or other tempting and potentially addictive behaviors. Not all of these people become full-fledged alcoholics, but they do develop an alcohol problem that needs careful and sensitive pastoral care to understand the underlying issues for their alcohol abuse. Because of this, clergy and other pastoral counselors need to develop competence in recognizing alcohol abuse problems, including alcoholism, identifying when to make referrals, helping persons to find available community resources, and training congregational members to provide support to affected individuals and families.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword Howard W. Stone ix

In Memoriam Andrew J. Weaver xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction 1

1 Case Study #1: The Depressed Teen 5

2 Case Study #2: The Alcoholic Gambler 13

3 Case Study #3: The Traumatized Veteran 21

4 Case Study #4: The Grieving Older Woman 29

5 Case Study #5: The Retired Drinker 37

6 Twelve-Step Programs 45

7 Making an Effective Referral 49

Resources 57

Glossary 65

Bibliography 71

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