Working with clients who abuse drugs or alcohol poses formidable challenges to the clinician. Addicted persons are often confronting multiple, complex problems, from the denial of the addiction itself, to legacies of early trauma or abuse, to histories of broken relationships with parents, spouses, and children. Making matters more confusing, the treatment field is too often splintered into different approaches, each with its own competing claims. This eloquently written book proposes a narrative approach that builds a much-needed bridge between family therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and addictions counseling. Demonstrated are innovative, flexible ways to help clients form new understandings of what has happened in their lives, explore their relationships to drugs and alcohol, and develop new stories to guide and nourish their recovery.
'With eloquence, clarity, skill, and artistry, Diamond opens up a whole new perspective on the process of therapy for client and clinician, and on how narrative techniques can help in achieving recovery. Without abandoning biological or neurological research findings, he demonstrates innovative, flexible ways to help clients understand their lives and the role that drugs and alcohol play.' - Readings '[Diamond] exhibits good knowledge of psychotherapy's theoretical underpinnings in his lucid explanations of analytic concepts such as transference and countertransference... What comes through is the experience of a compassionate, successful therapist who integrates 12-step and psychotherapeutic principles in the treatment of his patients... Because he is such a good writer, the reader feels his and his patients' joys and sorrows... Narrative Means to Sober Ends will appeal both to new addiction treaters and to experienced therapists. With its integrated approach, the book should likewise attract a multidisciplinary readership.' - Psychiatric Services 'Strongly recommended for anyone interested in (or concerned about) addiction and substance abuse, this is one of the most interesting books on addiction treatment to come out in years. Diamond provides a fresh approach to the topic in a highly readable format... All libraries need to purchase this book for the use of undergraduates, researchers, and general readers.' - Choice