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Spirituality and Chemical Dependency shares current thinking on how spirituality is used in recovery from alcoholism and other forms of chemical dependency. The 12-Step programs have been the most successful form of treatment thus far; you will find the insight in this book to be revealing as to why. Each of the contributors has devoted a significant part of his or her life to help those suffering from chemical addiction. In each chapter, the author gives ideas on specific aspects of spirituality in the 12-Step context and answers the ever-important question “So what?!” to provide guidelines for healthy spirituality in the addicted person.
Religious and secular counselors from a variety of disciplines share their basic approaches in working with addicted persons and their understandings of the spiritual dimension in treatment and recovery.
This volume is the most comprehensive guideáfor counselors and front-line professionals who work with the chemically dependant in a variety of settings. It is a very basic introduction that guides the counselor through treatment from A toáZ. Itáis alsoáa popular core text for courses in addiction/substance abuse counseling. Presents the state-of-the-art tools necessary to deliver outstanding treatment and meet the highest standards demanded by accrediting bodies.áChapters cover the gamut of treatment issues, including developing the therapeutic alliance, screening, detoxification, biopsychosocial assessment, dual-diagnosis, patient orientation, treatment planning, individual therapy, group therapy, case management, crisis intervention, referral, record keeping, discharge planning, and referral. Author Robert R. Perkinson provides case studies and step-by-step instructions with clear explanations and procedures that counselors need to use in all phases of patient care. One of the key features of this volume is the inclusion of over 50 appendices, which includes screening questionnaires, scales, history assessments, personal recovery plans, in-patient and out-patient schedules, and many, many more. The new edition will add more appendicies and update existing ones.
To the thicket of questions surrounding spirituality, this book brings a clear vision and a thoughtful approach that will help us find our way to the very heart of it. Much is made of spirituality these days-in recovery and in the culture at large-but what, exactly, does spirituality mean? Is it something different to different people? How is it discovered, nurtured, expressed? And, perhaps most important, why does it matter? To the thicket of questions surrounding the subject, this book brings a clear vision and a thoughtful approach that will help us find our way to the very heart of spirituality. Writing simply and directly, Abraham Twerski shows how spirituality-independent of religion-is central to emotional and mental health, and is a key to being truly and profoundly human. Founder and medical director of the Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Abraham J. Twerski is a rabbi, psychiatrist, chemical dependency counselor, and the author of many books, including Addictive Thinking: Understanding Self-Deception.

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