Learning the Language of Addiction Counseling

Learning the Language of Addiction Counseling

Learning the Language of Addiction Counseling

Learning the Language of Addiction Counseling


Drawing from her years of experience working in the addiction-counseling field, Geri Miller provides an engaging, balanced overview of the major theoretical underpinnings and clinical practices in the field. From assessment and diagnosis of addiction to preparing for certification and licensure as an addiction professional, this comprehensive book covers all of the essentials.
Fully updated, the fifth edition offers a positive, practice-oriented counseling framework and features:

1. Accurate, timely, information about addictions in language that is easy to understand.

2. A new chapter (15) on supervision and mentoring since both supervisors/mentors and supervisees/mentees use this book in their training and licensure process.

3. Counseling information about working with addicts which is based on current information and research regarding influences (Integrated Health Care Movement), assessment (new DSM V coding based on the ICD-10), new assessment instruments and an expanded section on more frequently used instruments (such as the SBIRT) and treatments

4. Covers new medications, behavioral therapies, mindfulness therapy, the new framework of Motivational Interviewing, mutual-help groups, and emerging technologies.

5. Exposure to "grassroots language/culture" of 12 step groups that may not be familiar to clinicians, (in the self-help group chapter (Chapter 8

6. Reader-friendly features including case studies, interactive exercises, end-of-chapter questions, and other resources that facilitate the integration of knowledge into practice

7. To provide updated and expanded resources of readings, videos, and websites at the end of each chapter to be used in the classroom or clinical setting. This includes a new section in the chronic pain chapter (Chapter 11) on resources for treatment in terms of chiropractic medicine, massage, physical therapy, and acupuncture.


Learning the Language of Addiction Counseling emerged from a desire to summarize the clinical, theoretical, and research work in the addiction counseling field from a practitioner’s point of view. the fourth edition of this book involves substantial changes that need to be highlighted at the onset. First, in order to present my views of addiction counseling that have evolved after working in the addiction counseling field for more than 30 years, teaching undergraduate and graduate students in addiction counseling for more than 20 years, and training mental health and addiction professionals for more than 20 years, I have updated the “Personal Reflections” section at the beginning of each chapter.

Second, all of the chapters have been updated, with some having significant revisions, including sections with additional components to reflect changes in the field and sections being moved to more appropriate chapters. Third, additional case studies and exercises and suggested readings/resources/websites sections have been expanded and updated at the end of each chapter.

Finally, for instructors, instructor resources have been updated, including PowerPoint slides and test bank questions, for each revised chapter. Additionally, six short video clips have been included to assist the reader in understanding some of the concepts presented in the text. These clips include: Overall Philosophy, General Counseling Suggestions (Chapter 5), Relapse Prevention (Chapter 7), Self-Help Groups (Chapter 8), and Self-Care (Chapter 11; 2 video clips-1 has audio included and 1 is a silent video demonstration). These changes have been made because counselors and educators are increasingly being asked to “hit the ground running” when they begin their work. Syllabi for classes I have taught in the addictions area are included to also assist counselors and educators. It is hoped that this book will assist counselors and educators in more readily being able to do their work.

I have been blessed in my life to have been trained by numerous addiction counseling professionals who are deeply committed to the field, to helping people who are caught in a destructive cycle of addiction and who face horrific odds in life. Throughout my years of work in the addictions field, I have watched these professionals respect and care for individuals who have experienced, at a piercing level, a lack of respect and love both within themselves and from others. the compassion of these professionals—for the suffering of both addicts and their loved ones and their hope for the healing of addiction recovery for all addicts and their loved ones—led me to this field and has kept me in it all of these years.

This book provides a summary of addiction counseling based on practical application of both theory and research. It serves as a reference that can be used by two groups: (1) undergraduate and graduate students who are training to be direct service workers with addicted individuals and (2) clinicians who are new to the field of addiction counseling or who would like to review the state of the art of addiction counseling.

Although the book discusses techniques and approaches that are grounded in research, this book is focused on the practitioner. Throughout the text, interactive exercises, such as case studies . . .

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