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Chemical Dependency Counseling: A Practical Guide 4th Edition

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"In Chemical Dependency Counseling Dr. Perkinson has given the addictions counseling profession an exceptional foundational text, now in the fourth edition. Students and experienced professionals will find resources that are clinically sound and practice relevant. CDC continues to be welcomed in my classroom and “heavily borrowed” by my colleagues."

Don P. Osborn

President of NAADAC

Director& Professor of Graduate Addictions Counseling

Executive Director of the Addictions Studies Center

Indiana Wesleyan University

(Don P. Osborn 2011-01-22)

"The addiction field has long needed a comprehensive set of exercises counselors could use to guide patients through good treatment. The workbooks developed by Dr. Perkinson take the patient from the beginning of treatment to the end. They are written in such a manner that Dr. Perkinson is your mentor and is conversing with you, sharing with you his vast area of expertise and knowledge about recovery. These patient exercises meet the highest standards demanded by accrediting bodies." (Dr. Bob Carr)

"I have been working with compulsive gamblers and their family members for 12 years and find this work extremely rewarding and challenging. I have been utilizing Dr. Perkinson's workbooks for 10 years and have found them to be some of the most useful tools in helping addicts and gamblers identify the many ways that addiction has impacted their lives. Our clients benefit from the straightforward approach of the workbooks and the clear instructions of how to begin incorporating a 12-step recovery program into their lives. I highly recommend Dr Perkinson's workbooks."

(Lisa Vig)

"I have been in the chemical dependency field for over 28 years. I have worked as a counselor, clinical supervisor and executive director in a number of treatment centers. These are the best exercises for alcoholics, drug addicts and problem gamblers that I have ever seen. I have used them for years and patients find them easy to understand. The material covers everything an addict needs to know to enter a stable recovery. I highly recommend these patient handbooks. Patients love them and they make the counselor's job easy. The book makes the job easy as all you will need to help your patient is in one place." (Bob Bogue)

"Dr. Perkinson does an excellent job of bringing together and individualizing 12 step treatment for addicts and gamblers including identifying character defects and relapse prevention. Comments from patients include, 'it has opened my eyes to my gambling and behaviors associated with it' and 'I feel it is easy to work and very self explanatory.'"

(Ron Scherr)

About the Author

Robert R. Perkinson is the clinical director of Keystone Treatment Center in Canton, South Dakota. He is a licensed psychologist; licensed marriage & family therapist; internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor; South Dakota certified chemical dependency counselor, Level III; and a nationally certified gambling counselor and supervisor. His specialty areas focus on treating alcoholics, addicts, and pathological gamblers. He is the author of Chemical Dependency Counseling: A Practical Guide (2nd ed.) (2003a), which is the leading treatment manual in the world for chemical dependency counselors. With Dr. Arthur E. Jongsma Jr. (2001) he is the coauthor of The Addiction Treatment Planner, which is the best-selling treatment planner and computer software program for mental health and addiction professionals. He has also written The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Patient Workbook (2003c) and the Gambling Addiction Patient Workbook (2003b). These workbooks have all of the exercises patients need to enter a stable recovery. His book entitled Treating Alcoholism: How to Help Your Clients Enter Recovery (2004) trains professionals how to treat patients with alcohol problems. He is the author of the book God Talks to You (2000) and the meditation tape A Communication from God (2008) by cdbaby, which help addicts make their first conscious contact with a Higher Power of their own understanding. He is a composer and has completed his second CD, Peace Will Come, music that helps addicts learn the essentials of a spiritual journey. With Dr. Jean LaCour (2004), he wrote the Faith-Based Addiction Curriculum to teach professionals of faith how to treat addiction. Dr. Perkinson is an international motivational speaker and regular contributor to numerous professional journals. He is the webmaster of several web pages, including www.robertperkinson.com, www.alcoholismtreatment.org, and www.godtalkstoyou.com, where he gets over 2.6 million hits a year and answers questions on addiction for free. His biographies can be found in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the World.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 880 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 4 edition (June 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412979218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412979214
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At the last American Society of Addiction Medicine meeting in New York, I found out that most treatment centers were using this book. I read the text and I can see why. The book tells you how to do everything you need to know to treat addiction well. Besides, it makes you feel good about yourself and what you do as a counselor. The book is incredibly loving and healing for anyone to read, even the patient. It contains all of the tests and exercises needed to take a patient through treatment. It leaves no stone unturned.
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Perkinson is competent and caring, structured and paced. But it's a bit old, as if all CD treatment was unadulterated Minnesota Model, 28 day inpatient care. Now , in fact, more than 1/2 of those facilities have died on the vine due to managed care, and outpatient rules. Plus we've got patient placement criteria, all kinds of research from Project MATCH and etc., and new techniques like motivational enhancement, stages of change. Maybe if Perkinson put out a second edition and updated it, we'd find it more useful
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This book is a must for every clinician working in the field. I use the material working with both adult and adolescent clients. The concepts are written in a manner which make it appropriate for any group/individual regardless of age, sex, education level, or ethnic background. The Spirituality exercises are the best I have ever seen.
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No bones about it, this book is the real deal. I have been a counselor a long time and this is exactly what we do. No complex theories to bore you, no useless jarjon, just the facts. It is what the field has needed a long time. Most books are boring but this one is fun. It made me feel good about myself.
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I love this book, it is a easy read and interesting. 4 stars because it is big and heavy
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it's the end of the semester and I enjoyed reading this book, and i passed my class lol. I will be attempting to purchase this book for my collection. I read where one person said the material is old. well i don't know about that but from my perspective this book has valuable information, and it saved my butt on a job interview when i was asked about certain strategies for the scenario they provided.
it's still a huge book which i will not carry to class fyi (not like that could have changed) I did find myself wishing i had it in class though, for participation reasons
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This book came the other day. It was bran new. And wrapped in protective wrap. No issues there. My only concern was that the books title, author and isbn number were ALL on the address label! I had been keeping hush about the courses I was taking because I am older student and was not sure if I would make it through. BUT NOW I was exposed! lol.....sorta!
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I had to buy this textbook for a class on counseling chemically dependent clients. However, considering all of the textbooks I have bought in pursuing my master's degree in counseling, this has by far been the best. I will definitely be hanging onto it and using it as a resource.

It has a terrific index of different things that may be helpful when treating chemically dependent clients. Furthermore, the chapters in the book do a great job of explaining and giving an introduction to chemical dependency.
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Excellent information and resource for understanding intake, assessment, treatment planning, and discharge process. The use of language is clear and concise. The examples included are models of expectation to perform professionally and ethically when working with clients with an alcohol, drug, or other substance abuse problem for chemical dependency. There are numerous support materials available for replication. This book is a KEEPER!
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