Addiction Counseling

Addiction Counseling

A Practical Approach

Alan Cavaiola, PhD, LPC, LCADC, Amanda L. Giordano, PhD, LPC, Nedeljko Golubovic, PhD


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Equips the upcoming generation of addiction counselors with crucial knowledge to skillfully treat current and future addictions

Grounded in leading-edge, evidence-based research, this hands-on text applies a step-by-step approach to addictions counseling. This book encompasses assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning; case management; and relapse prevention, with an incisive focus on process addictions and co-occurring disorders. The text covers all essential topics as outlined in the gold standard SAMSHA Counselor Training Manual. Included are detailed guidelines on how to write succinct treatment plans and conduct effective client sessions; case studies; role-playing exercises; and clinical applications to assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning, and case management. Counselor Perspectives--interviews with experienced clinicians working with varied populations throughout the country--offer the wisdom of those who have been there.

Critical topics unique to the book include the role of neuroscience in addiction treatment, relapse prevention, and advocacy. In addition, the text offers specific chapters on process addictions and co-occuring disorders as well as a separate chapter on multicultural counseling covering gender, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, age, religion, and disability issues. It is also distinguished by an abundance of downloadable forms and documents, including screening instruments, treatment plan format templates, treatment plan examples, biopsychosocial assessment forms, informed consent forms, confidentiality forms, case management forms, and more. Pedagogical elements to help learners process and apply concepts inlcude key terms, learning activities, discussion questions, recommended readings/resources and chapter summaries. Faculty aides include an instructor's manual with sample syllabi, CACREP mapping tools, test bank, and PowerPoint slides. This essential resource will be valued as a primary textbook for any course that focuses on addiction counseling and treatment. Purchase includes digital access for use on most mobile devices or computers.

Key Features:

  • Describes a variety of etiological models and how they become a means of assessing biopsychosocial risk factors
  • Delivers step-by-step guidelines on how to write concise treatment plans and for conducting effective treatment sessions
  • Devotes a chapter to motivational interviewing to promote willingness to change
  • Includes cutting-edge research pertaining to neuroscience and its applications and evidence-based treatment practices
  • Provides separate chapter on multicultural counseling and substance use disorders among people of diverse races, ethnicities, genders, class, ages, and spirituality
  • Offers real-world insights with "Notes from the Field" feature
  • Facilitates practical application through role play exercises, treatment technique and assessment case examples, biopsychosocial assessment guidelines, how to provide client feedback, and more
  • Includes multiple digital downloadable tools


Alan Cavaiola, PhD, LPC, LCADC:

Alan A. Cavaiola, PhD, LPC, LCADC is a full Professor and a member of the Graduate Faculty at Monmouth University (West Long Branch, NJ) where he serves as Director of the Addiction Studies program. Dr. Cavaiola also served as an Associate Editor of the journal Substance Abuse from 2013 to 2018. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Coalition of Substance Abuse Educators (INCASE) from 2014 to the present. Dr. Cavaiola has co-authored several books including: Assessment and Treatment of DWI Offenders, Crisis Intervention: A Practical Guide and Crisis Intervention Case Book. In addition, Dr. Cavaiola has authored several scholarly research publications and has presented his research as several national and international conferences. Prior to beginning his teaching career, Dr. Cavaiola served as the clinical director of addiction treatment programs at Monmouth Medical Center that included an inpatient adolescent treatment program as well as adult outpatient services.