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This handy guide provides a single source of evidence-based methods for assessing and treating alcohol problems

Part of the Wiley Series on Treating Addictions, Treating Alcohol Problems offers the latest evidence-based guidance on effectively diagnosing and treating the full spectrum of problems related to drinking. Whether you are an addictions counselor, mental health professional, or physician, you can use this all-in-one guide as a stepping-stone to seek out and develop better treatment options for your clients.

Bringing treatment approaches into harmony with scientific findings, Treating Alcohol Problems summarizes methods proven to be successful. Written in a clear and accessible style, the text focuses on presenting the information most directly useful for helping clients. This handy guide is ideal for training and continuing education, as a refresher for seasoned professionals, and as a useful primer for all who come into contact with individuals suffering from alcohol abuse.

Coverage includes:

  • Conceptual foundations-defining alcohol problems
  • Identifying alcohol problems
  • Assessment and treatment planning
  • Treatment tools, programs, and theories
  • When and how clients should be discharged to aftercare
  • Increasing recovery success
  • Culture, coaching, and change-moving beyond alcohol problems
  • Finding and getting the best out of professional resources

Supporting this expert coverage, the reader-friendly series format features quizzes, checklists, diagrams, "Research Frontier" boxes, problem-solving scenarios, "Dos and Don'ts" lists, "Test Yourself" questions, suggested resources, and more. These tools help you reinforce your understanding and integrate this knowledge into your practice. In addition, a thorough bibliography and appendix provide lists of contacts for self-help groups, residential and outpatient treatment programs, support groups, Web sites, and reading material.

Treating Alcohol Problems is an essential resource for mental health professionals, as well as an indispensable study guide for students in psychology and social services courses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471494324
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/7/2006
  • Series: Wiley Treating Addictions Series, #3
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,032,855
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederick Rotgers, PsyD, is Associate Professor in theDepartment of Psychology at the Philadelphia College of OsteopathicMedicine. He is the Senior Editor of Treating Substance Abuse:Theory and Technique and Senior Author of Responsible Drinking: AModeration Management Approach for Problem Drinkers. He is on theeditorial boards of several journals and is active in promotingharm reduction treatment approaches.

Beth Arburn Davis, PsyD, completed her doctorate inclinical psychology at the Philadelphia College of OsteopathicMedicine and works as a behavioral health therapist for a largehealth care organization. Prior to entering graduate school, shewas a journalist for more than fifteen years.

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Table of Contents

Series Preface.


Chapter 1: Conceptual Foundations:Defining Alcohol Problems.

Alcohol Problems: What Are They, Who’s GotThem, Who Hasn’t, Who Might?

Defining Alcohol Problems.

Drinking Definitions.

Diagnosis Definitions.

ASAM Definition of Alcoholism.

Abusing “Abuse”.

How the DSM Works.

Alcohol Abuse.

Alcohol Dependence.

Once a Drunk, Always a Drunk? The Course of AlcoholProblems.

Treat Me or Lose Me: Is Treatment Necessary to ResolveAlcohol Problems?

To Quit or Not? How Do Most People Resolve AlcoholProblems?

Different Strokes for Different Folks: Recovery, Relapse, andthe Future of Treatment.

Key Terms.

Recommended Reading.

Chapter 2: Identifying Alcohol Problems: “I Know It When ISee It! Or Do I?”

Signs and Symptoms: Fleshing Out the DSM.

The Case of Mary.

The Case of Tom.

Recognizing More than One Problem: Is It Just aDrinking Problem?

How Likely Is the Problem Drinker to Have OtherProblems?

“Denial” May Be Just Another River in Egypt:Where Does Denial Come From?

What Should I Do as a Professional? Roles andResponsibilities.

How Drinking Affects Family, Work, and Other Areas of theClient’s Life.

Family and Social Problems.

Work Problems.

Health and Medical Consequences.

“So What’s In It For Me?” AnsweringQuestions from Clients about Treatment.

To Refer or Not to Refer: Advantages and Disadvantages ofReferring a Client to Specialized Treatment.

Summing Up.

Key Terms.

Chapter 3: Finding and Getting the Best Out of ProfessionalResources.

Developing a Professional Referral Network.

The “Match” Game: How to Select the RightProfessional.

The Role of Medical Personnel.

The Client with Mental Health and Alcohol UseProblems.

Finding Out about the Professional’s Style and Methodof Practice.

Referrals for Adolescents.

Referrals for Older Persons.

Diversity and Referrals.

Spirituality and Religion in the Referral Process.

Clients’ Sexual Orientation and the Referral Process.

The Suicidal or Homicidal Client: Protection and Duty toWarn.

Helping the Client to Consider Treatment ... or Motivation,Motivation, Motivation.


When a Crisis is in Progress.

The Dangerous Situation.

Involving Friends and Family.

Risk Management Strategies.

Risk Management: Protection for You and Your Client.

Referral Follow-Up.

Key Terms.

Recommended Reading.

Chapter 4: Assessment and Treatment Planning.

Treatment Plan as the Map to Success.

The Beginning of It All: The Intake.

The Big Picture: The Genogram.


Screening Evaluation or Assessment Battery?

Family, Friends, and Concerned Others in theTreatment  Planning Process.

Self-Harm and Harm to Others: Initial and OngoingAssessment.

Summing Up.

Key Terms.

Recommended Reading.

Chapter 5: Treatment Tools, Programs, and Theories: HelpingClients Overcome Problem Drinking.

Change Tools: What’s Available to HelpPeople Overcome Drinking Problems and How Effective areVarious Approaches?

Readiness for Change as the Therapeutic “WildCard”.

What’s the Best Approach?

Twelve-Step Approaches.

Cognitive Behavioral Treatments (CBT).

Motivational Interviewing (MI).

Inpatient or Outpatient: Which is Best?


The Role of Support Groups in Helping Clients OvercomeAlcohol Problems.

Self-Selection and Choice.

Drinking Goal.

Belief or Disbelief in Disease Model Accounts of AlcoholProblems.

Comorbid Psychopathology.


Summing Up.

Key Terms.

Recommended Reading.

Chapter 6: When and How Should Clients Be Discharged toAftercare?

What is Aftercare?

How Do You Know If the Client Should be Discharged toAftercare?

Types of Aftercare.

Halfway Houses.

Partial Hospitalization or Intensive OutpatientTreatment.

Outpatient Aftercare.

Discharge from Aftercare.

Aftercare for the Client with Dual Diagnosis.

Assessing Community Resources.

Family and Friends in the Aftercare Setting.

Key Terms.

Recommended Reading.

Chapter 7: How to Increase Recovery Success, Minimize“Slips,” and Avoid Chronic Relapse.

The Problem of the “Failure” Label.

Lapse and Relapse.

Assessing Relapse Potential.

What Is Relapse Prevention?

Fostering Hope and Self-Efficacy.

Relapse Prevention 101.

How the “Thinking” Factor Works.

Enhancing Self-Efficacy: The Power of Accurate Thinking.

Triggers: People, Places, Things, and More.

Developing a Relapse Prevention Plan.

Dealing with Cravings and Urges.

Steps in Creating a Relapse Prevention Plan.

Monitoring Progress.

Working the Relapse Prevention Plan.

Key Terms.

Recommended Reading.

Chapter 8: Culture, Coaching, and Change: Moving Beyond AlcoholProblems.

Culture and Ethnicity in Changing Alcohol Problems:Different Strokes for Different Folks.

Defining and Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle.

Summing Up.

Key Terms.

Recommended Reading.

Appendix A: Locating and Selecting Treatment Programs forReferrals.

Appendix B: Biological Monitoring and Effective Treatment.



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