Treating Alcohol and Drug Problems in Psychotherapy Practice
After completing this course you’ll be able to:
- Explain the barriers that cause mental-health professionals from all disciplines to overlook or avoid dealing with the problems of substance-use disorders (SUDs) in clinical practice.
- Explain the reasons why all psychotherapists should know how to assess and intervene effectively with substance-use problems.
- Explain the centrality of the therapeutic relationship to the treatment of substance-use problems in office practice.
- Describe the recommended stance regarding the treatment of concurrent psychiatric and substance use disorders in clinical practice.
- Describe the categories of medicines used in the treatment of substance use disorders.
- Describe the strategy for assessment of psychosocial consequences to patients with psychoactive substance-use problems in office practice.
- Discuss the role of group therapy in the treatment of patients with substance-use disorders in office practice.
PART I. BASIC ISSUES AND PERSPECTIVES
- Nature, Course, and Diagnosis of Substance Use Disorders
- Pharmacology and Overview of Psychoactive Substances
- Ingredients of the Integrated Approach: Doing What Works
- Considerations in Addressing Concurrent Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders
- The Role of Medications
PART II. CLINICAL STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES
- Individualized Goal Setting and Treatment Planning: Meeting Patients “Where They Are”
- Taking Action
- Preventing Relapse
- Psychotherapy in Ongoing and Later-Stage Recovery
- Group Therapy
- Self-Administered Patient Questionnaire
- 10 Tips for Cutting Down on Your Drinking
- Inventory of “Triggers” for Alcohol and Drug Use
- Substance Abuse Websites