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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471432458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471432456
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lynn S. on September 6, 2005
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rocco B. Rubino on December 14, 2006
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol Chase on August 20, 2009
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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 By G. Chiasson on 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 By Kelley Probst on 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 By Bob E Long, Pistol Instructor, Freedom Ranch Pistol Academy, Bristow, OK ccw-ok on 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 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Colin M. Hodgen on November 6, 2006
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This is a must-have for every working counselor. I refer to this daily and recommend it to my colleagues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mitzi L Burton on 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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