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Drawing on more than 15 years of experience as an active clinician and instructor specializing in treating the chemically dependent and their families, Olivia Curtis presents an engaging and practical book on the nuts and bolts of counseling drug affected families. Unique and timely, Chemical Dependency: A Family Affair looks at family dynamics from a family systems perspective and examines how those dynamics are affected by chemical dependency. Through her insightful and friendly writing style, Curtis gives a comprehensive summary of the development of family theories, the structure of a family system, and the interplay between chemical dependency and the family system.
2. Theoretical Approaches to Family Treatment.
3. Family Therapeutic Theories.
4. The Family as a System.
5. Elements of the Emotional Systems.
6. Family Organizational Structure and Development.
7. Chemical Dependency's Disruption of Organization.
8. Critical Issues in Chemically Dependent Families.
9. Family Assessment.
10. Working with Chemically Dependent Families.
11. The Family Recovery Process.
12. Family Intervention.
Conclusion. Glossary. Works Cited. Index.
"The (book's) strength appears to be the fact that it's comprehensive in nature . . . I would say it's comprehensive, (informative), enjoyable and technical at the same time. I would describe it as a graduate level text, but also useful at the two- and four-year level."