Overcoming Addictions: Skills Training for People with Schizophrenia

Treating substance abuse in people who have schizophrenia is difficult even when hallucinations and delusions are under control. Residual symptoms, poor interpersonal skills, and learning disabilities make it hard to learn to cope with situations that promote drug use. Overcoming Addictions tackles these obstacles to successful treatment.

This manual helps therapists teach groups of individuals with schizophrenia how to avoid alcohol and other drugs, recognize signs that they may be headed toward relapse, and build healthy habits and healthy pleasures into their daily routines. The book emphasizes an attitude of acceptance, tolerance, and optimism toward consumers.

Each chapter includes suggested scripts for use in training sessions. Consumers attend three types of training:

  • Basic training, which consists of eight 45-minute sessions designed to engage and motivate new patients while teaching basic relapse prevention concepts
  • Skills training, which includes twenty-seven 45-minute sessions in which patients role-play nine specific skills (e.g., how to say "no" to a pushy dealer) after viewing the Substance Abuse Management Module (SAMM) Skills Illustration Video
  • Practice sessions, in which group members apply the concepts they have learned to real-life situations

(Source: www.wwnorton.com/).


Title: Overcoming Addictions: Skills Training for People with Schizophrenia
Author(s): Lisa Roberts, Andrew Shaner, and Thad Eckman
Publication Year: 1999
Publisher City: New York, New York
Publisher Name: W.W. Norton & Company
ISBN #: 0-393-70299-5
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