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ERIC Number: ED440348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Treating Addictive Disorders.
Varhely, Susan
When working with individuals who are struggling with substance abuse, counselors must clearly define for themselves their values regarding the use of substances. It is vital that counselors not allow personal issues surrounding substance abuse to influence the work they do with their clients. This paper presents several ways in which to effectively work with substance abusers. First it is suggested that counselors examine their own beliefs and values of substance abuse and abusers, and determine how that might hinder the treatment process. Counselors should be open and receptive to another's reality. Also they should be open to the variety of alternative treatments available. Five stages that occur during a client's change process are discussed, followed by intervention strategies counselors can use to facilitate and encourage increased motivation for change. Three treatment options shown to produce positive results are also presented. Also included is a facilitator's manual which is a practical guide for teaching content through guided experiential projects. Eight objectives are listed, and seven student exercises are provided. (Contains 108 references.) (MKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A