Professional Books -- Family Therapy of Drug and Alcohol Abuse (2Nd Ed.) by E. Kaufman and P. Kaufmann

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Professional Books -- Family Therapy of Drug and Alcohol Abuse (2Nd Ed.) by E. Kaufman and P. Kaufmann


Selekman, Matthew, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy


Kaufman, E., & Kaufmann, P. (1992). Family therapy of drug and alcohol abuse (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon, 319 pp., $41.50.

Family Therapy of Drug and Alcohol Abuse is a welcome resource book for family therapists and substance abuse counselors who work in the trenches with these challenging families. Kaufman and Kaufmann have provided readers with a comprehensive and scholarly book that combines important family research studies, a variety of family therapy approaches, chapters on couples therapy, and the editors' well-written chapter on the use of multiple family group therapy with drug abusers.

The majority of family therapy approaches presented in this book are variations of the Stanton and Todd structuraystrategic model. The editors and Reilly integrate psychodynamic and intergenerational theoretical ideas respectfully. Stanton and Todd and Liddle and his colleagues present their expanded versions of the basic structural/strategic model. My favorite (and the best written) family therapy chapter was by Liddle and his colleagues. They have incorporated ideas from adolescent developmental theory and advocate intervening more directly through the adolescent substance abuser and pursuing extrafamilial intervention with representatives from larger systems. …

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