Substance Abuse Treatment and the Stages of Change: Selecting and Planning Interventions

Substance Abuse Treatment and the Stages of Change: Selecting and Planning Interventions

Substance Abuse Treatment and the Stages of Change: Selecting and Planning Interventions

Substance Abuse Treatment and the Stages of Change: Selecting and Planning Interventions

Synopsis

"Treatment for alcohol and drug problems has become a major part of mental health services in recent years. Yet despite the proliferation of empirically grounded treatment approaches, individuals with substance use disorders face tremendous challenges in altering longstanding patterns of thought and behavior. This book synthesizes the latest theory and research on the process of addictive behavior change, helping the clinician more effectively conceptualize and address the needs of particular clients. It offers concrete guidance for tailoring interventions to clients with varying levels of motivation or readiness to change, describing what works - and what doesn't work - at different points in the recovery process. Charting the typical course of recovery from addiction, the book reviews each of the five stages of change: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance. It illustrates the specific clinical issues and tasks that arise for the client and therapist at each stage, from recognizing that a problem exists to developing and maintaining effective behavior change skills. Incorporating a range of theoretical and clinical perspectives, the book identifies interventions and techniques that are most effective for meeting the challenges of each stage. From leading authorities in the field, this book offers indispensable guidance on applying the stage of change model to clinical practice. It is a resource for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, family therapists, and addictions counselors, and will serve as an advanced undergraduate or graduate-level text." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Treatment for alcohol and drug use disorders has become a major part of mental health services in recent years. As part of this trend, professionals with a range of experiences and training, including alcohol and drug counselors, psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists, have been involved in treating people with substance abuse disorders and their families. In addition to the wide range of treatment providers, a variety of treatment techniques and interventions are used. While there is advantage in this diversity in providers and treatment, integrating information about treatment and communicating it to all of the service providers who want it can be difficult, at best. This book was conceived and written to reach the wide range of clinicians who treat substance use disorders. Throughout this book two issues remain fundamental. The first concerns the client’s receptiveness or readiness to use different methods of change, and the second concerns what constitutes those methods.

These issues are addressed in this volume through application of the stages of change model. The model offers an integrative framework for conceptualizing and implementing behavior change among substance abusers. Indeed, the stages of change model has emerged over the past decade as one of the most visible, popular, and influential models in the addictions field, and the concepts introduced by the stages of change model have become part of the lexicon of substance abuse treatment providers.

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