Treating Alcohol and Drug Problems in Psychotherapy Practice

Learning Objectives

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

  1. 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.
  2. Explain the reasons why all psychotherapists should know how to assess and intervene effectively with substance-use problems.
  3. Explain the centrality of the therapeutic relationship to the treatment of substance-use problems in office practice.
  4. Describe the recommended stance regarding the treatment of concurrent psychiatric and substance use disorders in clinical practice.
  5. Describe the categories of medicines used in the treatment of substance use disorders.
  6. Describe the strategy for assessment of psychosocial consequences to patients with psychoactive substance-use problems in office practice.
  7. Discuss the role of group therapy in the treatment of patients with substance-use disorders in office practice.

Course Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. Nature, Course, and Diagnosis of Substance Use Disorders
  3. Pharmacology and Overview of Psychoactive Substances
  4. Ingredients of the Integrated Approach: Doing What Works
  5. Considerations in Addressing Concurrent Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders
  6. The Role of Medications


  1. Assessment
  2. Individualized Goal Setting and Treatment Planning: Meeting Patients “Where They Are”
  3. Taking Action
  4. Preventing Relapse
  5. Psychotherapy in Ongoing and Later-Stage Recovery
  6. Group Therapy


  1. Self-Administered Patient Questionnaire
  2. 10 Tips for Cutting Down on Your Drinking
  3. Inventory of “Triggers” for Alcohol and Drug Use
  4. Substance Abuse Websites


Customer Comments

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