Therapist's Guide to Substance Abuse Intervention is a must have reference for clinicians specializing in substance abuse as well as therapists with a more general practice. Presenting information in easy to read outline form, the guide identifies how to assess, diagnose, and treat substance abuse or substance dependence. Like Johnson's best selling book on clinical intervention, this guide similarly presents relevant forms, checklists, and business documents to cover both informational needs, as well as providing practical tools toward improving one's practice.
Divided into five sections, part I provides information for understanding substance classification and diagnostic criteria. Part II focuses on assessment, discussing diagnostic instruments, samples of biopsychosocial questionnaires, and guidelines on patient interviewing. Part III discusses treatment guidelines and continuum of care, discussing the creation of a treatment plan and how best to select from different types of therapy as a treatment option. Part IV covers solution-focused therapy and special populations (e.g. teenagers, the elderly, patients with comorbid diagnoses, etc.). Part V presents skill-building resources and offers abundant tools for therapists to use directly from the book, or that can be reformulated and personalized for use with patients.
Reviewer:Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description:This comprehensive guide to substance abuse treatment can be used as a reference because it covers so many areas, like an A-Z guide.
Purpose:According to the author, the book "strives to convey the immense complexity of substance abuse and substance dependence disorders woven through biological, psychological, and social environmental roots." The book meets the author's objectives.
Audience:According to the author, "this book will serve as a useful resource manual for all therapists." In my judgment, students could also be added to the target audience. The author is a credible authority.
Features:The book covers definitions, characteristics, and classifications of substances, stages of dependence and recovery, assessment, and treatment guidelines. This is a comprehensive guide to theory and intervention. It is a practical, step-by-step guide to helping clients suffering from substance abuse and dependence. The author provides forms you can use, which can be helpful to both the novice and seasoned therapist. This book is great because it covers all the pertinent areas in this field.
Assessment:I enjoyed this book because it has a great amount of information. If I could only afford one book in the substance abuse area, this is the one I would buy because it is comprehensive, easy to read, and gives specific treatment recommendations. It is an invaluable resource.