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Addiction Treatment 4th Edition

Katherine Van Wormer | Diane Rae Davis

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ADDICTION TREATMENT covers the biological, psychological, and social aspects of alcoholism, eating disorders, compulsive gambling, and other addictions. The authors bridge the gap between twelve-step and harm-reduction approaches. Through first-person narratives, students will discover a realism not commonly found. The authors also include a variety of topics, to illustrate the importance of reducing harm within the biopsychological framework that ties this product together. Updated to reflect the DSM-5, this edition also includes the latest insights into social determinants of health, trauma-informed care, working with transgender populations, and other timely topics.

Katherine Van Wormer, University of Northern Iowa

Dr. Katherine Van Wormer has taught in departments of social work and criminal justice at the University of Northern Iowa and has over twenty years of experience in teaching and public service. Dr. Van Wormer was actively involved in civil rights movements in North Carolina and Northern Ireland. She practiced substance abuse counseling for four and a half years, including two in Norway. Dr. Van Wormer has been publishing texts, book chapters, and articles for over twenty years. In addition to ADDICTION TREATMENT: A STRENGTHS PERSPECTIVE, she has recently published SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE, THE MAID NARRATIVES and numerous other books, including two on female offenders and victims and one on the nature of oppression. She has received several honors, including the McKay Faculty Research Award from the University of Northern Iowa.

Diane Rae Davis, Eastern Washington University

Diane Rae Davis, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Social Work and Human Services at Eastern Washington University. She teaches a variety of substance misuse and practice courses in the MSW program and has researched and written extensively on addiction and the recovery process. Current research includes an online survey for women in recovery from compulsive gambling.

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  • The authors include extensive material on the treatment needs of clients involved in the criminal justice system (including drug courts) while presenting the case that addiction should be treated as a public health problem rather than a criminal offense.
  • Comprehensive coverage of a range of addictive problems, including gambling, alcoholism, eating disorders, cocaine addiction, and recent drug problems such as opioid addiction and use of synthetic marijuana -- is paired with case examples that help students apply text concepts to the real world.
  • Students learn about client-centered approaches, such as the strengths perspective and motivational interviewing, which fall under the rubric of the harm reduction model. The authors believe that these evidence-based approaches best prepare students for working in the field of substance abuse treatment today.
  • An analysis of current U.S. drug policies and related social justice issues enables students to understand how these issues are intertwined with addiction treatment.
  • Treatment innovations, including trauma-informed care, pharmaceutical treatments, gender-specific programming, and the European approach to addiction, are included throughout the text to give students a complete sense of the field and the methods that are available to them.
  • This text is distinctive by nature of the timeliness of the material, the strengths-based treatment focus, the inclusion of behavioral addictions including gambling, and the didactic illustrations of motivational strategies.
  • Throughout the text, the authors emphasize the treatment of individuals with co-occurring disorders to illustrate the complexity of working with clients in a real-world setting.

Addiction Treatment


1. The Nature of Addiction.
2. Historical Perspectives.
3. Substance Misuse, Dependence, and the Body.
4. Substance Misuse with a Co-Occurring Mental Disorder or Disability.
5. Gambling, Eating Disorders, Shopping, and Other Behavioral Addictions.
6. Addiction Across the Life Span.
7. Screening and Assessment.
8. Strengths- and Evidence-Based Helping Strategies.
9. Mutual Help Groups and Spiritual/Religious Resources.
10. Family Risks and Resiliencies.
11. Ethnicity, Culture, and the Socioeconomic Determinants of Addiction.
12. Gender and Sexual Orientation Differences.
13. Public Policy.

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"This text provides a robust overview of factors impacting the treatment of addiction. The strengths-based perspective taken by the authors is a refreshing approach to conceptualizing addiction, especially in contexts where people struggling with addiction problems are often marginalized. This text informs counselors, social workers, and all those interested in helping people overcome addiction, to remain steadfastly focused on the strengths inherent to each human being and the systems wherein they belong as a key component to recovery."

"Van Wormer and Davis provide a comprehensive overview of the field of addiction theory and treatment. The text is an excellent summary of the current literature on addiction. I selected this text when I first designed my class, 'Models of Addiction.' I have used all three editions of the text and I have been very pleased with each version. I look forward to continuing to use this text in future years."

"This text should be considered a primary resource for courses across behavioral health disciplines (e.g., social work, counseling, psychology) that are specific to addictions treatment. The content and format are especially consistent with social work curricula, building on content pertaining to HBSE, Diversity and Oppression, Direct Practice, and History and Policy. The strengths perspective makes an impact on students and allows the instructor to teach from this perspective, consistent with feminist approaches in the classroom. The students especially like the perspectives from the field and other inserts. The text has consistently received very high ratings by students. In course evaluations, this text invariably is identified as a strength of the course. I have been using the text since it became available in 2003, and I will continue to require it in my addictions class."

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