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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joseph Beck, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book describes an individualized approach to addiction recovery and treatment and includes unique appendixes that outline actual treatment plans.
Purpose: The purpose is to have treatment providers recognize the utility of tailoring treatment and not necessarily use an algorithmic approach. It then outlines some methods of customizing the treatment to meet individual patient needs in a biopsychosocial fashion.
Audience: There is a very small and specific audience for this book. Mental health professionals who are focused on addiction recovery, and have the necessary resources to carry out the treatment plans, may benefit.
Features: The book starts by arguing the importance of person-centered care while defining the term. It then delineates specific methods for individualizing care plans. It is inclusive of some of the basic tenets of addiction recovery, including assessing stages of change and having patients perform narrative summaries. The appendixes are very useful, outlining care plans in a very specific manner that I would find applicable to clinical care.
Assessment: I did not find this book particularly engaging. The authors are not very succinct in describing basic addiction recovery principles and since the audience is likely to be versed in these, they likely will find the book lacking. Although the title seems clearly stated, the overall thrust of the book is somewhat convoluted and ethereal. The appendixes, however, are very useful. These sorts of concrete examples are what clinicians need to practice with this population. In fact, I would consider using these appendixes as a template for recovery planning. Perhaps, a sort of workbook would be more useful since the quality of the text does not match the utility of the appendixes and the audience is most likely familiar with most of what the text covers.