- Paperback: 186 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Revised edition (August 21, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1478332433
- ISBN-13: 978-1478332435
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,179,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Effective Addiction Treatment: The Minnesota Alternative (Volume 1) Paperback – August 21, 2012
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About the Author: Paula DeSanto MS, LSW, CPRP, CCDP-D Master of Science, Licensed Social Worker, Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional – Diplomate Paula was trained at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University under the leadership of William Anthony, a pioneer of person-centered care for people with psychiatric disorders. She then received training from Dr. Kenneth Minkoff and Dr. David Mee-Lee in person-centered/stage specific treatment for people with co-occurring disorders. She has a master’s degree from Boston University in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counseling. Paula has developed programs that serve adults with mental illness and/or addiction issues for over 25 years. She has worked in a variety of settings that include case management, community support, intensive residential and outpatient treatment, and for the Minnesota Department of Human Services Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center. She is currently the owner and director of Minnesota Alternatives LLC, a program providing consultation, training, and outpatient addiction treatment. Paula has provided numerous trainings and workshops on co-occurring treatment, client centered care, emotion-based interventions and harm/risk reduction. Paula serves as community faculty for the University of Minnesota in their newly developed Integrated Behavioral Health graduate program teaching about person centered interventions and the Minnesota Alternative Model of care. She is also on the advisory board for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Excellence leading the state in the development of Integrated Dual Diagnosis Care and plans to work for the Center as a content expert on stage specific interventions. Paula is a member of the Community Advisory Board for Medica Behavioral Health, and serves on the Anoka County Directors Network. She is serving a second four year term on the state mental health advisory council after her second appointment to the council by the Governor of Minnesota.
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This concise, pioneering offering has a target audience.
That is, anyone whose life is touched by substance addiction.
-Those who struggle with addiction.
-A loved one in a family with addiction issues.
-Counselors of all kinds.
-Social service workers.
-Parole officers or anyone in the court system.
-Social policy makers, state legislators.
-Insurance and managed care policy makers.
-Tax payers who need to know what works and what does not.
Here we find a broad address to the matter beyond the 12 step model(with due respect for it).
It is a working manual, rather than a wordy narrative. It is a concise, comprehensive, scientific and compassionate address to the matter.
Paula DeSanto speaks with the intelligent, open-minded, caring voice of one who works close up in the field.
She speaks for the emerging treatment models that are founded on "what works".
I am buying several copies to pass on to my consulting team at an outpatient substance treatment
I think we will be hearing more from this professional advocate.
I really appreciated the emphasis on neuroscience/brain effects as well as elaboration of the key skills. I have used numerous handouts from the guide in treatment sessions with clients and they find them both easy to understand and very helpful. People describe feeling more empowered and effective once they start incorporating the skills into their lives. This was true of a wide range of people eg.) active users to long-term abstainers and harm reductionists to strong AA endorsers. I disagree with the reviewer who stated that the guide's interventions are 'common-place'; rather I find them to be common sense and very much missing from most treatment programs that I know. There are a few typos, however, they did not detract from the readability of the book and the usefulness of the the content is well worth the cost.
By way of contrast, Paula DeSanto's book is a blueprint for creating an evidence-based addictions treatment program which will produce results the first time and is destined to put the old-fashioned revolving-door rehabs out of business. I cannot recommend this book too highly to any professional who deals with addictions in any way.
I recommend this book to anyone who has an issue with the AA philosophy and the 12-step programming.
Although, the book does have some typos and grammatical errors, the content of the book is excellent. The concepts of mindfulness, meditation, and harm reduction are welcome components to a better treatment model for those struggling with alcohol/chemical dependency.
Also, the fact that the major health insurance companies in MN are reimbursing for this type of treatment shows that there is a need for treatment that works long-term.
Pamela Nelson, RN, BSN
The book lays out the evidence base in an easy to interpret and meaningful way.
I highly recommend this book for anyone curious about the effective treatment of substance use disorders.