Academic journal article The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences

Addiction Intervention Strategies to Motivate Treatment-Seeking Behaviour

Academic journal article The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences

Addiction Intervention Strategies to Motivate Treatment-Seeking Behaviour

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Addiction Intervention Strategies to Motivate Treatment-- Seeking Behaviour

Robert K.White, MA,CEAP, and Deborah G.Wright, MA, Editors.

The Haworth Press: New York, 1998, 154pages. $19.95

This compact book follows a comprehensive approach to intervention. Rather then selecting a one-system approach, be it family, legal, or occupational, the authors have given the reader all the alternatives in one package. The contributors offer a practical guide for the entry-level counsellor, albeit at the risk of leaving out the experienced professional.

As the psychopharmacological therapies for detoxification become more sophisticated, we still must rely on the chemically dependent individual to muster enough willpower to undertake the change of new attitudes and a new way of life. The reality is that these people will not seek treatment unless confronted in some way by the problems caused by their drinking or drug use. The authors of this book contend that those who are most effective at intervention are physicians, nurses, lawyers, counselors and social workers. It is for these professionals this book is designed.

In this book, the authors have extended Johnson's model so that addicted individuals could make the decision to surrender and accept help before they had lost everything. They use experts in the fields of medicine, law, psychiatry and social work to help those who are addicted see the reality of their lives and accept help for their addictions. …

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