Incorporating the textbook, discuss the key points that you have learned in this class.
1/ What issues have challenged you the most?
2/ Has anything you learned changed your thinking in a significant way?
3/ What did you like the most about this class?
4/ What did you like the least?
5/ What changes do you think would make the class better?

1-Class of Treatment Issues in Substance Abuse
a/ Course Description:

“Treatment issues in substance abuse” is designed to introduce students to the practice and policy aspects of addictions counseling. From a strengths perspective, the biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors will be considered as they relate to substance abuse issues.

b/ Course Objectives:

· To acquire an understanding of addiction as a chronic problem and chronic disease. To recognize that relapse is not a failure but an expected phase of the withdrawal process. To develop a familiarity with the ecological model as a framework that identifies biopsychosocial components in addiction.
· To develop familiarity with the major treatment modalities used today and to recognize that approaches should be individualized for clients.
· To learn to focus on the here-and-now but never to neglect the past.
· To recognize high possibility of recovery, though not cure, for addiction.
· To acquire knowledge of alcoholism and drug dependency as a family disease so that interventions may include family members for best results. To discuss the role of the school in identifying and treating children in alcoholic homes.
· To be familiar with the basic philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al Anon, and the harm reduction model.
· To view the use of substances in cultural and international perspective. To be aware of special treatment needs of diverse populations in American society.

2-Use this book: Addiction Treatment, A Strength’s Perspective, 3rd Edition
• Katherine van Wormer University of Northern Iowa
• Diane Rae Davis Eastern Washington University
• ISBN-10: 0840029160 | ISBN-13: 9780840029164
• 704 Pages
• Previous Editions: 2008, 2003
• © 2013 | Published

13 chapters of this book:

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a/ Overview:
ADDICTION TREATMENT covers the biological, psychological, and social aspects of alcoholism, eating disorders, compulsive gambling, and other addictions. As symbolized by the image on the book’s cover, the authors bridge the gap between the popular twelve-step and harm-reduction approaches, thus illuminating how practitioners can guide clients down a trusted path that is tailored towards the client’s particular needs. Through a number of first-person narratives about the experience of addiction, students will discover a realism and depth not commonly found in textbooks. In addition, the authors include student-friendly topics, such as the case against so-called underage drinking laws, to draw students into the material and illustrate the importance of reducing harm within the biopsychological framework that ties the text together.

b/ Features & Benefits:
• 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.
• The authors include extensive material on the treatment needs of clients involved in the criminal justice system to show students how the criminal justice system can be understood within the context of both treatment needs and policy change.
• The text offers comprehensive coverage of a range of addictive problems, including gambling, alcoholism, eating disorders, cocaine addiction, recent drugs such as ecstasy and methamphetamine, and others–all paired with case examples that help students apply text concepts to the real world.
• Students will discover client-centered approaches, such as the strengths perspective and motivational interviewing ,which fall under the rubric of the harm reduction model. These are evidence-based approaches that best prepare the student for working in the field of substance abuse treatment today.
• The text provides an analysis of current U.S. drug policies and related social justice issues, enabling students to understand how these issues are intertwined with addiction treatment.
• Treatment innovations, including drug courts, 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.