Tag Archives: substance abuse

Psychotherapy with Men

As therapists, we share the common knowledge that psychotherapy with men and their masculinity is tough. Sometimes, men are wonderful clients, open and motivated; they make significant breakthroughs. But more often, they’ve been sent by their wives or the courts, and they’re distant and oppositional, or so agreeable that you know they’re simply trying to […]

Connecting with substance abuse groups

Facilitating substance abuse groups and designing substance abuse worksheets to help the chemically dependent admit that their powerlessness and unmanageability over substances has been the peak experience in my long career as a psychologist. I believe that developing a therapeutic alliance and using effective interventions leads to recovery. I also believe that my personal history […]

Substance Abuse Group Therapy Topics

Treatment of substance abusers is not for sissies. Addressing substance abuse group therapy topics with treatment worksheets can make it easier. Topics for Substance Abuse Groups Relapse Risk Reduction Patterns of Use Attitudes and Substance Abuse Minimization, Denial, and Blame Consequences of Use Countering Disastrous Thinking Lifestyles that Lead to Abuse and Relapse Stages of […]

Goals for batterer intervention: Stop abusive behavior not just for partners but also for the men themselves

When you facilitate batterer intervention groups, you focus on the damage it does to women. You use group discussion and domestic violence worksheets to help men understand that domestic abuse results in painful physical injuries and emotional scars that include depression, anxiety, fear of men in general, and lowered self-esteem. You explain to abusive men […]

Effective interventions using substance abuse worksheets

In most human endeavors, some things work and others don’t. Substance abuse worksheets work. In some activities, it doesn’t matter so much what you choose. But in facilitating substance abuse groups, you can gain allies or make enemies by a simple word or two. The old axiom, at least “Do no harm,” applies here: You […]

The EX factors of facilitating effective groups of batterers and substance abusers

Success with court-referred clients Facilitating groups for court-referred clients can be hard work: The truth is, of course, that they are criminals, an indication that they may have lousy attitudes and rebel against authority — not qualities that make them stellar group members. But running groups can be enjoyable and rewarding. Many clients get with […]