Treating Addicted Survivors of Trauma / Edition 1

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Overview

Adult and adolescent survivors of childhood abuse and other traumas often struggle with addictive disorders, yet most helping professionals are ill equipped to deal with dual problems. Providing the tools professionals need to help this population, this book systematically integrates mental health paradigms with disease models of addiction and combines psychotherapeutic techniques with 12-step recovery practices. The result is an easy-to-replicate model for the effective assessment and treatment of this often difficult-to-treat population.

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From The Critics
Reviewer: Emily S. Bennett, MS, MPA (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book represents a valuable new resource for the diagnosis and treatment of survivors of childhood trauma who are also chemically dependent.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an understandable, practical, and well-integrated model for the treatment of adults and adolescents dually diagnosed as survivors of childhood trauma and chemically dependent. Both 12-step recovery program principles and proven psychotherapeutic strategies are used to treat the individual and family. The book meets its overall objective to address this important and needed topic area.
Audience: Intended for mental health and substance abuse professionals, the book will be a useful aid in the development and implementation of effective therapeutic strategies for the complex issues involved in resolution of childhood trauma and chemical dependency. The authors are very solid and credible in this area.
Features: The book includes numerous tables and clinical examples that greatly contribute to the summary and clarification of principles and therapeutic strategies. The references are extensive and up-to-date. The appendixes are especially useful in providing dual diagnosis assessment tools and concrete, specific, symptom-driven treatment guidelines.
Assessment: This is a very useful book for the mental health and substance abuse professional about how to effectively work with clients who present coexisting issues of surviving childhood trauma and chemical dependency, and with their families. The authors bring together mental health and developmental paradigms and the disease model of addiction in a comprehensive effort to fill the need that has existed on how to simultaneously deal with both the issues surrounding childhood trauma and chemical dependency. The book provides an easy-to-implement and persuasive treatment model combining proven psychotherapeutic techniques with 12-step recovery program principles and practices. This book represents a significant addition to the effective treatment of a difficult client population.
From the Publisher

"Treating Addicted Survivors of Trauma deserves to become a basic resource for clinicians who work with addicted survivors of trauma. It is specific yet adaptable to a variety of therapeutic approaches. It is authoritative yet remarkably respectful of addicted survivors. The tone, as well as the content, of this book make it abundantly clear that the authors have 'been there' both as survivors and as therapists." --Marge Eide, Librarian, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

"Despite a growing awareness of the links between childhood trauma and addictive behavior, few systematic clinical strategies have been developed for helping this client population. In this first-rate book Katie Evans and J. Michael Sullivan try to fill this gap. They offer a well-reasoned, conceptually sound and thoroughly referenced clinical model for working with addicted adult and adolescent survivors of childhood psychological and physical trauma.... It is the best clinical handbook for working with addicted survivors of trauma that I have come across.... Students and practicing clinicians will discover a gold mine of ideas in this book. Clinical researchers will find a coherent treatment model, which they can examine and subject to empirical verification." --Meredith Hanson, DSW, Columbia University School of Social work, New York, NY

"Incisive and sensitive at the same time; the best clinical guide of its kind."
--James Fine, MD, SUNY Health Science Center of Brooklyn, Clinical Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Director, Addictive Disease Hospital

"Contains a well-referenced, practical therapeutic method for engaging, understanding, and treating this population. The book includes a great deal of case material which is approached theoretically from a variety of well-described and referenced models, such that the reader understands both the why and the how of dealing with common difficult clinical situations. As usual, Evans and Sullivan supply tables, charts, and other materials which can be utilized directly in the clinical setting by both therapist and client. While therapists with 12-step and other addiction backgrounds will find this approach friendly and consistent, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other therapists will find it equally useful, sophisticated and effective." --Richard Ries, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Washington Medical School, and Director, Dual Disorder Programs, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington

"This book has vitality and clinical savvy. It is rich in examples with many pearls of wisdom sprinkled throughout. I think it will appeal to both clinicians with a general practice and specialists in trauma and/or substance abuse." --Joan Ellen Zweben, PhD, Executive Director, The 14th Street Clinic & Medical Group and East Bay Community Recovery Project, Oakland, California; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California Medical School, San Francisco

Traumatic Gazette 1:3

"I can't speak highly enough of this book. Reading it will benefit anyone who works with addicted and/or traumatized people. -The Post"--Traumatic Gazette 1:3
Coalition Commentary

"This book fills an important gap in the existing literature on how to treat clients who present with these co-existing issues. It also presents a philosophy of treatment which is egalitarian, feminist, victim-sensitive and non-blaming. Though written for clinicians, the book contains information which may be helpful for survivors struggling with issues of alcohol and/or drug issues."--Coalition Commentary
Emily S. Bennett
This book represents a valuable new resource for the diagnosis and treatment of survivors of childhood trauma who are also chemically dependent. The purpose is to provide an understandable, practical, and well-integrated model for the treatment of adults and adolescents dually diagnosed as survivors of childhood trauma and chemically dependent. Both 12-step recovery program principles and proven psychotherapeutic strategies are used to treat the individual and family. The book meets its overall objective to address this important and needed topic area. Intended for mental health and substance abuse professionals, the book will be a useful aid in the development and implementation of effective therapeutic strategies for the complex issues involved in resolution of childhood trauma and chemical dependency. The authors are very solid and credible in this area. The book includes numerous tables and clinical examples that greatly contribute to the summary and clarification of principles and therapeutic strategies. The references are extensive and up-to-date. The appendixes are especially useful in providing dual diagnosis assessment tools and concrete, specific, symptom-driven treatment guidelines. This is a very useful book for the mental health and substance abuse professional about how to effectively work with clients who present coexisting issues of surviving childhood trauma and chemical dependency, and with their families. The authors bring together mental health and developmental paradigms and the disease model of addiction in a comprehensive effort to fill the need that has existed on how to simultaneously deal with both the issues surrounding childhood trauma and chemicaldependency. The book provides an easy-to-implement and persuasive treatment model combining proven psychotherapeutic techniques with 12-step recovery program principles and practices. This book represents a significant addition to the effective treatment of a difficult client population.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898623246
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/2/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author


Katie Evans, PhD, NCACII, and J. Michael Sullivan, PhD, are cofounders of the Evans and Sullivan Clinic in Beaverton, Oregon, specializing in the treatment of adults and adolescents with dual disorders. Dr. Evans serves as CEO and Treatment Coordinator and Dr. Sullivan is Clinical Director. Internationally known for their expertise on dual diagnosis issues, they have coauthored numerous articles, client materials, and books, including Dual Diagnosis, Second Edition: Counseling the Mentally Ill Substance Abuser.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Philosophy of Treatment 1
Ch. 2 Rachel's Story 19
Ch. 3 The Impact and Process of Abuse 31
Ch. 4 Addiction and Survivors 67
Ch. 5 A Model for Dual Recovery and Crisis Stage Interventions 95
Ch. 6 Interventions in Later Stages of Recovery 119
Ch. 7 Depression, Anger, and Dissociation 155
Ch. 8 The Addicted Adolescent Survivor 197
Ch. 9 Addicted Survivors in Their Families, at Work, and in Therapy Groups 225
Afterword: The Dragon Dies, the Child Survives 254
Appendix 263
Index 275
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