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Overcoming addictions : skills training for people with schizophrenia
Roberts, Lisa J.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : W.W. Norton, [1999]

Physical Description:
247 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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"A Norton professional book"--Half t.p. verso.
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RC514 .R553 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Residual symptoms, poor interpersonal skills, and learning disabilities make it hard to learn to cope with situations that promote drug use. Overcoming Addictions tackles these obstacles to successful treatment.This manual helps therapists teach groups of individuals with schizophrenia how to avoid drugs and alcohol, recognize signs that they may be headed toward relapse, and build healthy habits and healthy pleasures into their daily routine. The book emphasizes an attitude of acceptance, tolerance, and optimism toward patients. Each chapter includes suggested scripts for use in training sessions. Patients attend three types of training: basic training, which consists of eight 45-minute sessions designed to engage and motivate new patients while teaching basic relapse prevention concepts; skills training, which includes twenty-seven 45-minute sessions in which patients role-play nine specific skills (e.g., how to say "no" to a pushy dealer) after viewing the Substance Abuse Management Module (SAMM) Skills Illustration Videotape; and practice sessions, in which group members apply the concepts they have learned to real-life situations.The Substance Abuse Management Module Skills Illustration Videotape is used during the skills training and is designed to accompany Overcoming Addictions. In realistic settings, actors model the nine skills taught during the skills training sessions.

Author Notes

Lisa J. Roberts, M.A., is Research Assistant, Addictive Behaviors Research Center and Center for Clinical Research, University of Washington; and Mental Health Research Specialist, National Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System.
Andrew Shaner, M.D., is Associate Director of Mental Health at the VA Medical Center, West Los Angeles, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine.
Thad A. Eckman, Ph.D., is Program Manager, Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program, and Research Psychologist, Department of Biobehavioral Sciences, at UCLA School of Medicine.

Table of Contents

Robert Paul Liberman, M.D.G. Alan Marlatt, Ph.D.
Forewordp. 5
Forewordp. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introduction to Sammp. 13
Module Overviewp. 14
Key Conceptsp. 17
Test of Knowledge and Skillsp. 19
Materials Needed to Conduct Skills Trainingp. 23
Basic Trainingp. 27
What Is Basic Training?p. 27
Overview of Eight Sessionsp. 27
Session 1 Damage Controlp. 29
Session 2 Emergency Cardp. 33
Session 3 Habits and Craving Controlp. 37
Session 4 High-Risk Situationsp. 45
Session 5 Warning Signsp. 49
Session 6 Healthy Pleasures and Healthy Habitsp. 54