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The Addiction Counselor's Desk Reference [Paperback]

Robert Holman Coombs , William A. Howatt
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January 18, 2005 0471432458 978-0471432456 1
The Addiction Counselor's Desk Reference is a comprehensive compilation of information about the full spectrum of addictive disorders, their consequences, and treatment. This unique text includes detailed definitions and practical illustrations of addiction-related terminology, addictive disorders and behaviors, descriptions of treatment models and techniques, as well as lists of relevant websites, government resources, and treatment centers. Addiction professionals will find this information-packed guide to be an invaluable practice tool.
  • The most up-to-date resource of its kind
  • Contains detailed definitions, practical illustrations, relevant websites, government resources, and information about treatment centers
  • Written by a leading authority on addiction research, prevention, and treatment

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"…is an internationally known, classic work spanning 75 years of research....  This book is laid out in a clear and easy-to-use format that provides nearly all information an addiction counselor might need in one resource." (The American Reference Books Annual, March 2007)

"In the final analysis, the authors are to be commended for bringing a compendium of information together in one volume." (PsycCRITIQUES, 5/31/2006)

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All the information you need to successfully treat addicted clients—now at your fingertips in this handy resource

The Addiction Counselor's Desk Reference offers a comprehensive compilation of information covering the full spectrum of addictive disorders, their consequences, and treatment. It includes detailed definitions and practical illustrations of addiction-related terminology; addictive disorders and behaviors; descriptions of treatment models and techniques; and lists of relevant web sites, government resources, and treatment centers. And it provides this information in a convenient and accessible format, giving addiction treatment professionals a vital quick-reference tool for daily use.

Divided into nine user-friendly sections, this guide covers:

  • Abused substances and their effects
  • Conceptual tools used in the field
  • Treatment planning and assessment resources
  • Clinical skills and resources
  • Treatment resources
  • Professional management
  • Career enhancement resources
  • Major organizations, grant funding resources, drug policy advocates, and professional journals
  • A glossary of important terms

Written by Robert Holman Coombs, a leading authority on addiction research, prevention, and treatment, and addiction specialist William A. Howatt, The Addiction Counselor's Desk Reference is the most up-to-date resource of its kind. Addiction professionals of all types will find this information-packed guide to be an invaluable practice tool.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471432458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471432456
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview of Addiction Counseling September 6, 2005
By Lynn S.
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This is an excellent book to have if you need a complete overview of the many aspects of addiction counseling. It is particularly good if you need a well organized study guide and refresher course for some type of addiction certification test. The information is very well organized and covers the entire counseling process, including theory, assessment, treatment, documentation, ethics, etc.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The Addiction Counselor's Desk Reference is a comprehensive compendium of information about addictive disorders, their consequences, and treatment.

This "desk reference" includes detailed definitions and practical illustrations of addiction-related terminology, addictive disorders and behaviors, descriptions of treatment models and techniques, as well as lists of relevant websites, government resources, and treatment centers.

The addiction clinician will find this information-packed guide to be an invaluable practice resource. A cutting-edge resource which contains detailed definitions, practical illustrations, relevant websites, government resources, and information about treatment centers

Written by a leading authority on addiction research, prevention, and treatment.

Have this work on your desk; you'll use it often.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The addiction Conselor's Desk Reference August 20, 2009
Format:Paperback
I needed this book to study for my State examanation in the fall and it was everything I was looking for. It has everything from counseling practices to dual diagnoses. I was also very impressed with the chapter on Information Resourses. It gives contact information about organizations that offer services related to drug abuse and alcohol.There are publications on magazines and journals that I have found very usefull.I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the addictions field.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced September 6, 2010
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This book is a good basic text about substances, but it is over-priced for the information it contains. Anyone interested in learning about the long-and-short-term impacts of substance use can find the same information in other books at a lower price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference tool!!! January 9, 2010
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I am fresh out of university and into the addiction field as a counselor. I purchased this book in hopes that it would increase my knowledge base as I grow into my position confidently. It turned out to be a great investment and other books I have read may have offered a more condensed version but this is an easy read. I love this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Reference November 16, 2007
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This book had everything that it promised. It is on my shelf at work now and will come in handy in my job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very concise February 23, 2013
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whole bunch of good stuff condensed into one easy to read and understand book, I passed my written LADC test! I credit this book for at least 25% of that success. oh, and it got her quickly too
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read May 5, 2012
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This book is so helpful for studying for the exam! I recommend it to anyone who is preparing for their CADC I
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Erroneous information?
This book (in the quick screen chart) lists death as a potential result of overdosing on LSD and discusses injection tracks as potential indices for misuse of opium... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Kraus
5.0 out of 5 stars Addiction counselors desk reference
Great touched everything. I will share with peers. Flowed
I plans on discussing this book in supervision. Wonderful resource thank you
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Book review
I am keeping this book, even thought I had to drop the class, Hopefully I will be taking the class in January
Published 9 months ago by Barbara Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for the field
This text offers a great deal of knowledge between the pages on various addictions, both substance and behavioral, as well as resources for treatment. Read more
Published 14 months ago by amh277
5.0 out of 5 stars helpful
Very helpful and organized. The information is great when needing a refresher or even as an introduction. Would recommend to anyone who is in the field.
Published 15 months ago by f8thdrvn
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS BOOK!
Anyone who is in the Addiction Counseling field I highly recommend this book. It covers a little of everything! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jenn
4.0 out of 5 stars good reference material
this book is great for reference material. I choose this book to get a start in the field of addiction. It is a good book for anyone library if you work in this field.
Published 19 months ago by Christine Valosek
5.0 out of 5 stars wish i had it sooner
I wish I had this book when I started my education. It is an easy read and concise to the point information
Published on May 21, 2012 by mjohnyboy
4.0 out of 5 stars The Review
I have not had a chance to read the book yet, but I have scanned the table of contents, and find that it has the information that I am interested in learning about the profession... Read more
Published on September 27, 2011 by Cynthia V. Gray
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