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Substance Abuse

Selected websites

All Twelve-Step program websites offer information on the addiction or problem, literature, and how to find meetings.
Alcoholics Anonymous
Al-Anon and Alateen   
Adult Children of Alcoholics  
Dual Diagnosis: Integrated treatment of addiction and mental health disorders.
Gamblers Anonymous  
Narcotics Anonymous 
Overeater's Anonymous (for all kinds of eating disorders) 
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) 

Selected books

Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book. 1976 edition. Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, NY, NY. 1976.
NOTE: From the publisher: “Alcoholics Anonymous -- the Big Book -- has served as a lifeline to millions worldwide. First published in 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease. With publication of the second edition in 1955, the third edition in 1976, and now the fourth edition in 2001, the essential recovery text has remained unchanged while personal stories have been added to reflect the growing and diverse fellowship. The long-awaited fourth edition features 24 new personal stories of recovery.”

Carr, Alan. (1985) Allen Carr's easy way to stop smoking. Arcturus Publishing, London, England.
NOTE: From the publisher: “This classic guide to the world's most successful stop smoking method is all you need to give up smoking. You can even smoke while you read. There are no scare tactics, you will not gain weight and stopping will not feel like deprivation. If you want to kick the habit then go for it. Allen Carr has helped millions of people become happy non-smokers. His unique method removes your psychological dependence on cigarettes and literally sets you free.”
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Carruth, Bruce, Ed. (2011) Psychological trauma and addiction treatment.  Routledge, NY, NY.
TABLE OF CONTENTS (PARTIAL): Psychological Trauma and Addiction Treatment - Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for Psychological Trauma and Comorbid Substance Use Disorders - Psychodynamic Psychotherapies and the Treatment of Co-Occurring Psychological Trauma and Addiction - Attachment Trauma and Addiction - Affect Centered Therapy for Substance Abuse of Traumatic Origin - EMDR in the Treatment of Addiction - Psychoneurobiology of Co-Occurring Trauma and Addictions - Managing Trauma Reactions in Intensive Addiction Treatment Environments - Trauma and 12 Step Recovery - Enhancing Hope and Resilience Through a Spiritually Sensitive Focus in the Treatment of Trauma and Addiction - Eight Essential Processes - Forgiveness Therapy in Psychological Trauma and Chemical Abuse Treatment - Treatment Issues - Counselor Self-Care in Work with Traumatized Addicted People
NOTE: First published in Journal of Chemical Dependency Treatment, (2)2 2006.
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Emmelkamp Paul M. G. and Vedel, Ellen. (2006) Evidence-based treatments for alcohol and drug abuse: A practitioner's guide to theory, methods, and practice. Routledge, NY, NY.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Description Of Substance Abuse And Dependence - Clinical Interventions - Research Basis of Treatments - Clinical Cases - Complicating Factors - Maintenance and Follow-up Strategies
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Etherington, Kim. (2007) Trauma, drug misuse and transforming identities: A life story approach. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Philadelphia, PA.
NOTE: From the publisher: "Looking at the life stories of ex-drug misusers in their own words, this book offers insights into the nature of addiction and how it can be tackled. It examines the links between early childhood experiences and drug misuse and also shows pathways to recovery and transformation. Kim Etherington highlights the therapeutic value of listening to drug misusers' life stories and the importance of understanding how social environments and the wider cultural influences shape people's lives. She encourages people working with drug misusers to challenge pathologising notions of ‘spoiled identity’, which assume that identity is fixed. By taking a step back and separating the person from the problem, it is possible to help them explore their relationship with drugs in ways that encourage a stronger sense of agency and power to change. With compelling first-hand narratives and practical strategies to encourage drug misusers' ability to recover, this is essential reading for professionals working with drug users as well as people misusing drugs themselves.”
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Evans, Katie and Sullivan, J. Michael. (1995) Treating addicted survivors of trauma. Guilford Press, NY, NY.
NOTE: From the publisher: " Providing the tools professionals need to help this population, this book systematically integrates mental health paradigms with disease models of addiction and combines psychotherapeutic techniques with 12-step recovery practices. The result is an easy-to-replicate model for the effective assessment and treatment of this often difficult-to-treat population.”
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Hunter, Mic and Anon. (1990) Hope and recovery: A Twelve Step guide for healing from compulsive sexual behavior. Hazelden, Center City, MN.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Selected chapters: The Twelve Steps - Personal Stories: Ken, Mark, Liam, Alvin, Jean, Jim, Ruth, Joe, Rick, Jerome,  Barbara, Charles, Allen, Jenny, Frank, Ryan, Jamie, Phil,  Margret - A Personal Message - Questions to Consider - The Twelve Traditions of AA - Meeting Suggestions - Business - Check In - Preamble - The Serenity Prayer   
NOTE: From the publisher: "Hope and Recovery guides and supports the life-transforming move from self-defeating and destructive sexual behavior to healthy, affirming sexuality. This widely acclaimed contribution to addiction literature applies the Twelve Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous to the complex problem of sex addiction."
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Hunter, Mic and Anon. (1990) Hope and recovery: The workbook. Hazelden, Center City, MN.
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Marich, Jamie. (2012) Trauma and the twelve steps: A complete guide for enhancing recovery. Cornersburg Media. Warren, OH.
NOTE: From the publisher: “Trauma and the Twelve Steps takes the posture that there is nothing wrong with using 12-step recovery principles in treatment or in continuing care with individuals who are affected by trauma-related issues. However, this book also explains how rigid application of 12-step principles can do more harm than good for a traumatized person, and that learning some simple accommodations based on the latest knowledge of traumatic stress can enhance the 12-step recovery experiences for trauma survivors. Written for professionals, sponsors, and those in a position to reach out and help recovering addicts, the user-friendly language in this book will teach you how to unify the traditional knowledge of 12-step recovery with the latest findings on healing trauma.”

Najavits, Lisa M. (2002) Seeking safety: A treatment manual for PTSD and substance abuse. Guilford Publications, NY, NY.
NOTE: From the publisher: “… the most urgent clinical need is to establish safety to work toward discontinuing substance use, letting go of dangerous relationships, and gaining control over such extreme symptoms as dissociation and self-harm. The manual is divided into 25 topics, each of which forms the basis for one or more sessions. Covering a range of cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal issues, topics include highly practical tools and techniques to engage patients in treatment; teach "safe coping skills" that apply to both disorders; and restore ideals that have been lost, including respect, care, protection, and healing. Structured yet flexible, sessions can be conducted in any order and in a range of settings. The volume is designed for maximum ease of use with a large format, lay-flat binding, and helpful reproducible therapist sheets and handouts.”

Tian, Dayton. (2002) Trauma and addiction: Ending the cycle of pain through emotional literacy. Health Communications, Deerfield Beach, FL.
NOTE: From the publisher: “Therapists treating patients for whom no other avenue of therapy has proved effective will find that this book offers practical, lasting solutions. Case studies and examples of this behavioral phenomenon will illustrate the connection, helping readers understand its dynamics, recognize their own situations and realize that they are not alone in experiencing this syndrome. The author deftly combines the longstanding trauma theories of Van der Kolk, Herman, Bowlby, Krystal and others with her own experiential methods using psychodrama, sociometry and group therapy in the treatment of addiction and posttraumatic stress disorder.”

Verster, Joris C., Brady, Kathleen, Galanter, Marc and Conrod, Patricia, Eds. (2012) Drug abuse and addiction in medical illness: Causes, consequences and treatment. Springer-Science, NY, NY.
NOTE: From the publisher: “Offering state-of-the-art information for all those working with drug abusing or addicted patients, or for those interested in this topic from other research perspectives, the volume is a first of its kind book -- rich, comprehensive, yet focused, addressing the needs of the very active theoretical, basic, and clinical research in the field. Comprised of 46 chapters organized in four sections and developed by the leading international experts, Drug Abuse and Addiction in Medical Illness covers virtually every core, as well as contemporary, topic on addiction, from the established theories to the most modern research and development in the field.”
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Wekerle, Christine and Wall, Anne-Marie, Eds. (2002) Violence and addiction equation: Theoretical and clinicalissues in substance abuse and relationship violence. Routledge, NY, NY.
NOTE: From the publisher: “The Violence and Addiction Equation is an empirically based book that bridges the relationship between violence and substance addiction with a focus on the overlap of issues. It is a groundbreaking collection of contributions by prominent clinicians in the field, and the timely chapters include clinical commentary that identifies and elaborates on points of transfer from theory to clinical practice.” 16 chapters.
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updated 7/12/2014


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