Working with Drug and Alcohol Users provides an accessible guide to substance use and working with substance users.Using transactional analysis theory, the author explains why some people use substances, exploring different personality types, and covers the basic components of drug counselling. The book then outlines different counselling techniques used to treat and manage substance users, using transactional analysis models. These include motivational interviewing, harm reduction counselling, drug use ambivalence work and relapse process work. A chapter on teenage drug users is also included. Case examples feature throughout to demonstrate the ideas in practice.This will be an essential guide for all those working with drug and alcohol users, including counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and support workers.
Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Drug Use and Addiction. 2. Fundamental Components of Drug Counseling. 3. Transactional Analysis and the Theory of Addiction. 4. Why People Use Drugs and their Treatment. 5. The Harm Reduction Contract and Harm Reduction Counseling. 6. Assessment of the Drug and Alcohol User. 7. Drug Use Ambivalence. 8. Relapse Process Work. 9. Motivational Interviewing. 10. The Teenage Drug User. 12. Conclusion. Further Reading. References. Index.