Group Counseling for alcohol, Illicit Drugs and Tobacco Addictions
Group Counseling Paper’s Outline:
a) Title page
a. Overview of the problem:
i. Explain the major points of each Substance-Related Disorder’s (two groups) (see the DSM V Substance and Addictive Disorders pdf file embedded
below) and Addiction.
1. Substance Use Disorders
2. Substance Induced Disorders
ii. Explain Addictive disorders (use the DSM V Substance and Addictive Disorders pdf file embedded above)
1. What are addictive disorders?
2. What sorts of addictive drugs are there?
3. Who is an addict?
iii. Answer these questions using the Public Policy Statement: http://www.asam.org/for-the-public/definition-of-addiction
1. Who is an addict according to ASAM?
2. Why do people become addicted (factors, predisposition, etc.)?
3. How do drugs affect people (disorder, cognitive, behavioral, emotionally, physically, etc.)?
iv. Alcoholics Anonymous big book (http://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/alcoholics-anonymous) –
1. What do they say about alcoholism and who is an alcoholic:
a. The Doctor’s Opinion and/or
b. Chapter 3 – More About Alcoholism
v. Narcotic Anonymous’ big book (http://www.amazon.com/Narcotics-Anonymous-World-Service-Office/dp/1557767343#reader_B009G3N71G) –
1. What do they say about drug addiction and who is an addict: Introduction and Chapter 1 – Who is an Addict (illicit drug user)?
vi. What does the National Institute on Drug Abuse say about Tobacco/Nicotine, what is it, etc.? http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-
b. Review of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco literature
i. Prevalence of Alcohol and Nicotine use/abuse/addiction in the U.S. – http://www.alcoholic.org/research/alcoholism-statistics-and-information/
ii. Mixing alcohol and drugs http://www.alcoholic.org/research/mixing-alcohol-and-drugs/
iii. Summarize the information re: Comorbidity, Addiction and Mental Illness, How Common Are Comorbid Drug Addiction and Other Mental Illnesses,
Why Do These Disorders Often Co-occur – http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/comorbidity-addiction-other-mental-disorders
iv. Explain – Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction – http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/understanding-drug-abuse-addiction
c. Effect of Addictions
i. What are the facts about alcohol, illicit drugs, and nicotine/tobacco use and health effects? (This link will take you to the topic of
alcohol and you should use the A-Z index to find info re: other drugs and tobacco) http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/alcohol-use.htm or you may
find this link helpful SMOKING, ALCOHOL, AND DRUGS Other sources to help write about health effect: http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2014/13_0293.htm ,
ii. Results from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health:
Summary of National Findings . . .
1. What are some interesting facts (stats – prevalence, economic, etc.) about Alcohol Use?
2. What are some interesting facts (stats – prevalence, economic, etc.) about Smoking/Tobacco?
3. What are some fact (stats – prevalence, economic, etc.) about Illicit Drug use?
d. Recovery, Treatment, and Group Counseling
i. Briefly explain the Recovery Steps- http://www.recovery.org/topics/the-addiction-recovery-process/
ii. Briefly explain each of the Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction- http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/treatment-approaches-
iii. In this order, briefly explain each of Outpatient vs. Residential Treatment; Why Counseling Is Important in Addiction Treatment; Individual
vs. Group Therapy; and – http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/counseling-and-addiction-how-therapy-can-help#1
iv. Finally –
1. Name and explain many of the Advantages of Group Treatment – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64223/
2. Provide a short synopsis of Defining Therapeutic Groups in Substance Abuse Treatment – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64223/
3. Focus on the Interpersonal Process Group Psychotherapy (also under Defining Therapeutic Groups in Substance Abuse Treatment). (You may also
use Figure 1-1. Differences Between 12?Step Self?Help Groups and Interpersonal Process Groups) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64223/