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Narrative Means to Sober Ends: Treating Addiction and Its Aftermath
Diamond, Jonathan
Guilford Publications / Softcover / 2002-08-01 / 1572308354
Addiction / Collaborative Therapies
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396 pages
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Working with clients who abuse drugs or alcohol poses formidable challenges to the clinician. Addicted persons are often confronting multiple, complex problems, from the denial of the addiction itself, to legacies of early trauma or abuse, to histories of broken relationships with parents, spouses, and children. Making matters more confusing, the treatment field is too often splintered into different approaches, each with its own competing claims. This eloquently written book proposes a narrative approach that builds a much-needed bridge between family therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and addictions counseling. Demonstrated are innovative, flexible ways to help clients form new understandings of what has happened in their lives, explore their relationships to drugs and alcohol, and develop new stories to guide and nourish their recovery. --- from the publisher


Foreword, Treadway
Introduction: Remembering Addiction
I. Writing For Our Lives
1. A Sobriety of Literary Merit
2. Letters of Invitation and Dismissal
3. Bargaining: Controlled Drinking and Other Negotiated Settlements
4. Telegrams from God: Reauthoring Spirituality
5. Epilogues: Letting Go
II. Detoxing The Theory
6. Becoming 12-Step Literate
III. Stories For Our Times
7. Trauma and Recovery
8. Reality Bytes: Narrating Food Addictions
9. Writing Home: Applications to Family Therapy
10. Sobering Up Ophelia: Therapy with Children and Adolescents
11. Narrating Our Own Stories: Therapists in Recovery
IV. No Conclusions
12. A Less Convenient Fiction
Postscript: Muddling Through

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