The Clinician's Guide to 12-Step Programs: How, When, and Why to Refer a Client

The Clinician's Guide to 12-Step Programs: How, When, and Why to Refer a Client

The Clinician's Guide to 12-Step Programs: How, When, and Why to Refer a Client

The Clinician's Guide to 12-Step Programs: How, When, and Why to Refer a Client

Synopsis

A comprehensive overview of major 12-step programs, this practical manual also describes the nuances of the various programs that address the same addictive behavior to assist the clinician in assessing and referring clients to any 12-step program. One of the unique features of this book is a description of how 12-step program philosophy aligns with eight major psychotherapy orientations. Another feature is the emphasis on integration of the client's individual needs and ego structure with the appropriateness and timing of a referral to a 12-step program within the overall therapeutic process.

Excerpt

This book developed out of the authors' years of experience with addictions both professionally and personally. Through working with clients with a multitude of addictions, supervising interns in clinical practice, and teaching psychology classes, we became increasingly aware of the lack of a single source which summarized information regarding the different types of addictions and 12-step programs. In addition, none of the sources we found were written to assist the clinician in integrating 12-step program involvement into the psychotherapeutic process. There was no concise overview of the many 12-step programs' philosophies and individual characteristics. Our goal in writing this book is to provide the clinician with a comprehensive, practical handbook regarding 12-step programs.

This book rests on the fundamental bias that 12-step programs are helpful for most clients who are struggling with addictive behavior. We also recognize that 12-step programs are not for everyone and discuss examples of clients for whom 12-step programs may be problematic.

The scope of the book is to provide an overview of the most common 12-step programs and guidelines for the clinician.

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