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From The CriticsReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D. (Cermak Health Services)
Description: The book highlights the role that shame and guilt play in alcoholism, presenting both theoretical and treatment issues. The first edition was published in 1989.
Purpose: According to the author, "the central goals in this book remain to help therapists understand how alcoholism and addiction is linked with shame and guilt and how they can best treat individuals who are chemically dependent, guilty, and ashamed." These are worthy objectives, which the book meets.
Audience: The book is written for practitioners, according to the author. In my judgment, the book is most useful for those treating individuals with addictive behaviors. However, graduate students could definitely benefit from it as well. The author is a credible authority in the subject matter because he has written many books on the topic and is a full-time mental health and substance abuse counselor.
Features: The author covers theoretical and treatment issues regarding the role of shame and guilt in alcoholism. He integrates parts of five different theoretical models: the disease model, self psychology, affect theory, family systems theory, and functional theory. He gives specific guidelines for working with shame and guilt, including good case examples.
Assessment: I really enjoyed this book because it covers the subject matter so completely. It is extremely practical and can be used easily with clients. The integration of theory with practice is superb. This second edition justifies replacing the first because it includes the latest research findings, which have been numerous over the past decade.