Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

Addictions Counseling

Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

Addictions Counseling

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DIANNE D. PITA: Addictions Counseling. Crossroad Publishing, New York, 1992, 139 pp., $11.95.

This gem of a book is a comprehensive handbook for substance-abuse counselors. It is replete with ideas and resources that can add to the repertoire of beginners and experienced clinicians. The recovery process is outlined in all of its stages, with clear illustrations using a combined behavioral and psychological approach. Examples of treatment plans and patient contracts demonstrate how Dr. Pita combines the behavioral steps of AA with the psychological development stages of Erickson. Group Therapy, AA, and individual therapy are the modalities of treatment recommended by Pita at various stages in the patient's recovery process.

It is not a new thought that there is a serious developmental lag in the psychology of the drug abuser. What is recognized by the author, however, is that counselors of drug abusers may also need help with their own unresolved issues and countertransferences. Although clinicians in other areas of mental health have long been aware of this, the substance-abuse field prides itself in having abstinent former users as counselors. Nevertheless, it is not unusual to find a high recidivism rate in this group. …

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