What every alcohol and drug counseling major should read or have read
Barry, K.L. (1999). Brief Interventions and Brief Therapies for Substance Abuse (TIP 34). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Rockville, Md. DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 99-3353.
Connors, G., Donovan, D. and DiClemente, C. (2001). Substance Abuse Treatment and the Stages of Change. Guilford Press. New York, N.Y. (best book about the stages of change and how to apply them to treatment)
DiClemente, Carlo (2003). Addiction and Change. Guilford Press. New York, N.Y. (a new and more detailed discussion of the stages of change model)
Herdman, John, (2008). The 12 Core Functions of the Substance Abuse Counselor (5th edition). Lincoln, NE.
Inaba, Darryl S & Cohen, William E., (2007). Uppers, Downers, All Arounders (6th edition). CNS Publications, Inc. Medford, OR. (good pharmacology text)
Julien, R. (2008). A Primer of Drug Action (11th edition). Worth Publishers. New York, N.Y. (indepth book about pharmacology for alcohol and drug counselors)
Kouimtsidis, C., Reynolds, M., Drummond, C., Davis, P., & Tarrier, N. (2007). Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy in Addiction Treatment. Wiley & Sons. West Sussex, England. (Excellent practical book on CBT as it applies to alcohol & drug counseling)
Marlatt, Alan (1998). Harm Reduction. Guilford Press. New York, N.Y. (one of the best books on this important topic)
Marlatt, Alan and Donovan, Dennis (2005). Relapse Prevention (2nd edition). Guilford Press. New York, NY. (the classic resource on relapse prevention)
Meyers, Robert, Miller, W.R. (2001). Community Reinforcement Approach to Addiction Treatment. Cambridge University Press. New York, N.Y. (best book on this best practice)
Meyers, Robert, Smith, Jane Ellen. (1995). Clinical Guide to Alcoholism Treatment: the Community Reinforcement Approach. Guilford Press. New York, N.Y. (the other book about CRA, this one has many practical examples)
Miller, William (1999). Enhancing Motivation for Change in Substance Abuse Treatment (TIP 35). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Rockville, Md. DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 99-3354.
Miller, William and Rollnick, Stephen (2002). Motivational Interviewing (2nd edition). Guilford Press. New York, N.Y. (this is the main resource about Motivational Interviewing)
Miller, William and Hester, Reid (2003). Handbook of Alcoholism Treatment Approaches (3rd edition). Allyn and Bacon. Boston, Mass. (best book about treatment alcoholism treatment approaches)
Monti, Peter, Kadden, R., Rohsenow D., Cooney, N. Abrams, D. (2002). Treating Alcohol Dependence: A Coping Skills Training Guide (2nd edition). Guilford Press. New York, N.Y. (best book on coping skills training)
Mueser, Kim, Noordsy, D., Drake, R., Fox, L., (2003). Integrated Treatment for Dual Disorders, a guide for effective practice. Guilford Press. New York, N.Y. (the best guide on the treatment of co-occurring disorders)
Nathan, P.E. & Gorman, J. M. (2007). A Guide to Treatments that Work. (3nd edition). New York, NY. Oxford University Press.
Norcross, J. (2002). Psychotherapy Relationships that Work. New York, NY. Oxford University Press.
Ogilvie, Heather (2001). Alternatives to Abstinence: a New Look at Alcoholism and the Choices in Treatment. Hatherleigh Press. New York, N.Y. (reader-friendly book which explains the research about best practices)
Payne, William J., and Stasson, Mark F. (2006). Report on Workforce Survey. Metropolitan State University. St. Paul, MN.
Rogers, Carl (1951). Client-Centered Therapy. Houghton Mifflin Co. Boston, Mass. (one of the classics regarding counseling and empathy)
SAMHSA (2006). Addiction Counseling Competencies, the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice, (TAP #21). US department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. DHHS Publication No. SMA 06-4171.
Smith, Jane and Meyers, Robert (2004). Motivating Substance Abusers to Enter Treatment. Guilford Press. New York, NY. (the foremost resource on the CRAFT model)
Stevens, P. and Smith, R. (2009). Substance Abuse Counseling (4th edition). Merrill-Pearson. Saddle River, N.J. (one of better introductory books on substance abuse counseling)
Thombs, Dennis (2006). Introduction to Addictive Behaviors (3nd Edition). Guilford Press. New York, N.Y. (best book about theories or models of addiction)
Tucker, J., Donovan, D., Marlatt, A. (1999). Changing Addictive Behavior. Guilford Press. New York, N.Y. (this book contains a number of excellent chapters for counselors)
Vaillant, George (1995). The Natural History of Alcoholism, Revisited. Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Mass. (summary of results from 50-year longitudinal study about alcoholism)
Velasquez, M., Maurer, G., Crouch, C., & DiClemente, C. (2001). Group Treatment for Substance Abuse. Guildford Press. New York, N.Y. (excellent and very practical book about applying the stages of change model to group therapy)
Volpicelli, J., Szalavitz, M. (2000). Recovery Options. John Wiley & Sons. New York, N.Y. (a good overview of a wide variety of treatment and recovery options)
White, William (1998). Slaying the Dragon, the history of addiction treatment and recovery in America. Chestnut Health Systems. Bloomington, Ill. (the most comprehensive book about the history of treatment and self-help in America)
White, William (2008). Recovery Management and Recovery Oriented Systems of Care. Northeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center, Great Lakes Technology Transfer Center, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health. IRETA (Institute for Research Education and Training in Addictions.
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
A valuable resource for information, much of it free; ask for a copy of their catalog. They will also provide a database search and produce an annotative bibliography upon request.
- Addiction Technology Transfer Centers
- American Psychological Association
- APA Division 50 on "Addictions"
- Association of Addiction Professionals
- Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy
- Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy
- Center for Alcoholism, Substance Abuse & Addictions (CASAA)
- Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
- Minnesota Prevention Resource Center
- Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH)
- Motivational Interviewing
- National Institute on Drug Abuse
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Professional Journals related to Alcohol & Drug Counseling
- Wiley Publishing: Addiction
- Addictive Disorders and Their Treatment
- Alcohol Research and Health
- Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
- Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly
- Journal of Addictive Diseases
- Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
- Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
- Journal of Studies on Alcohol
- Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment