Drug and Alcohol Counseling
Addictions counseling has changed so much since the emergence of AA in the
Prior to AA, alcholism was viewed as a morality issue, a lack of will power
issue, and according to Carl Jung, the sporadic recoveries in the
psychoanalysis case histories always involved some kind of spontaneous
There was no hope for most chronic alcoholics, or their family. Now there
is, and research is taking us into the cells of addiction, and we are
finding that the brain can change itself. Once again though, there is no
magic pill or potion. Work is involved.
If you read the history of AA, you will read the history of desperate folks
looking for a way to stay alive, and addictions counseling often is about
life or death choices.
But AA changed all that and AA is still a viable recovery model.
The key to AA though is doing the steps and growing in terms of a strong
spiritual program so that you can continue one day at a time reprieves from
Since AA began and all of the other 12 step approaches followed, research
has given rise to other models of recovery, and the smart addictions
counselor will familiarize him or herself with all of them.
Drug Abuse Counseling Models
The following information is taken from the National Institute of Drug
Abuse, by permission, and gives any alchohol counselor a beginning place for
researching drug and alchohol counseling models.
Introduction and Overview John J. Boren, Lisa Simon Onken, and Kathleen M.
Dual Disorders Recovery Counseling Dennis C. Daley
The CENAPS® Model of Relapse Prevention Therapy (CMRPT®) Terence T. Gorski
The Living In Balance Counseling Approach Jeffrey A. Hoffman, Ben Jones,
Barry D. Caudill, Dale W. Mayo, and Kathleen A. Mack
Treatment of Dually Diagnosed Adolescents: The Individual Therapeutic
Alliance Within a Day Treatment Model Elizabeth Driscoll Jorgensen and