Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspective,
4th Edition

Katherine van Wormer, Diane Rae Davis

ISBN-13: 9781305943308
Copyright 2018 | Published
696 pages | List Price: USD $218.95

ADDICTION TREATMENT covers the biological, psychological, and social aspects of alcoholism, eating disorders, compulsive gambling, and other addictions. The authors bridge the gap between the popular twelve-step and harm-reduction approaches, thus illuminating how you, as a future practitioner, can guide your 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, you will discover a realism and depth not commonly found in textbooks. Interesting and relevant topics -- such as the case against so-called underage drinking laws and an inside story of working in a casino -- draw you into the material and illustrate the importance of reducing harm within the biopsychological framework that ties the text together.


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.

  • Katherine van Wormer

    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

    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.

  • Learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter guide students' reading and keep them focused on key concepts.

  • The chapter on mutual help, now titled "Mutual Help and Spiritual/Religious Resources," appears earlier in the text as Chapter 9, directly following the strengths-based intervention chapter.

  • The chapter on race, ethnicity, and culture has been completely rewritten within a framework provided by the World Health Organization on the social determinants of health. A new title, "Social and Ethnic/Cultural Determinants of Addiction," reflects this new focus.

  • The chapter on gender and sexual orientation (formerly Chapter 4 in Part II, "The Biological Perspective") features expanded content on working with transgender populations. The chapter now appears as Chapter 12 in Part IV, "The Social Aspects of Addiction."

  • Chapter 8, "Strengths- and Evidence-Based Helping Strategies," includes a new section on trauma-informed care.

  • The text has been updated throughout with content from the DSM-5.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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