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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.