The book that revolutionized the psychotherapist's approach totreating alcoholism
When it was first published in 1985, Treating the Alcoholicchallenged traditional psychotherapeutic approaches to alcoholismtreatment. Since then, thousands of mental health professionals,using Dr. Stephanie Brown's treatment model, have found renewedfaith in their ability to help alcoholic patients achieve lastingrecovery.
The book begins by studying the experiences of people who havestopped drinking and provides firsthand descriptions of theinevitable emotional, physical, and psychological problems thatfollow. Dr. Brown then offers a model for treatment that replacesthe notion of abstinence as a static state with a dynamic,process-oriented "continuum of recovery" principle. She translatesthe twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous into psychological terms,taking particular care to explain the crucial notion of "loss ofcontrol." Perhaps the most surprising element of Dr. Brown's modelis her emphasis on the triadic therapeutic relationship in whichtherapist, patient, and AA counselor work in partnership to ensureongoing recovery.
Once considered a radical departure from the conventional wisdom,Treating the Alcoholic offers a now-proven approach that enablespsychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, alcoholismcounselors, and other mental health professionals to understand thedynamics of alcoholism and make profound contributions to therecovery process.
Table of contents
Central Challenges to Alcoholism Treatment.
A Dynamic Model of Alcoholism Recovery.
Treating the Family of the Alcoholic.
AA AND PSYCHOTHERAPY.
Partnership: AA and Psychotherapy.