Addiction--What's Really Going On?: Inside a Heroin Treatment Program - Price: $19.95
by Deborah McCloskey, Barbara Sinor, ISBN: 978-1-932690-93-4
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“Addiction: What's Really Going On?” contains powerful true-life stories woven together to form a tapestry filled with pain, joy, defeat, and success. The entire book is molded around Deborah McCloskey's heartfelt desire for her clients to be free of drugs. Her counseling methods both endeared her as "the counselor to get" and locked her into a decade of searching for better ways to help those she felt were stuck on the merry-go-round of a methadone system. This book should be read by teachers, hospitals employees, college students, government officials, and our general adult population whether addicted, sober, or straight.
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Barbara Sinor, Ph.D. is a semi-retired psychospiritual therapist residing in northern California. Sinor is the author of five books. Excerpts from this article are taken from Sinor’s most recent book, Tales of Addiction and Inspiration for Recovery, released in April 2010, coinciding with the National Alcohol Awareness Month. Visit Dr. Sinor’s web site www.drsinor.com and her blog www.drsinor.blogspot.com.
Book Review :
In "Addiction: What is Really Going On?," substance abuse counselor Deborah McCloskey takes us inside a southern California treatment program for heroin addicts. By reading her story, which was fascinating, we learn about the ins and outs of methadone treatment. We also learn about the counselors and addicts. Each person has their own story. If the addicts don't deal with their issues, their chances of staying clean are nil. If the substance abuse counselors don't deal with their own personal issues as well, then they have a harder time being effective counselors. It was sad to learn that many of them, who are in recovery themselves, also relapse.
Through her experiences and compassion, Ms. McCloskey learned how to work with addicts. Even though she didn't always find success with them, she was able to gain their respect and learn how they might try to trick her. I learned a lot from her counseling style. Even though she didn't let her clients get away with anything, she still was able to gain their respect. Dealing effectively with some of her co-workers and a supervisor also took some skill on her part.
As a graduate of a Master of Science program in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, part of which involved training in Substance Abuse Counseling, I truly wished that I had had a book like this when I was learning about addictions. I think that every student in the program would have benefited.
"Addiction: What's Really Going On? " should be read by all people who are involved in some form of substance abuse.
(Paige Lovitt for Reader Views)