Drug and Alcohol Abuse

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Format: DVD [Closed Captioned]
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Running Time: Over 100 minutes
Item #: 4310773
ISBN: 978-1-59147-463-0
Copyright: 2007
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In Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Dr. William Richard Miller demonstrates his approach to treating clients with problems involving substance abuse. Drug and alcohol abuse are a common presenting problem in therapy, second only to depression, so it benefits therapists to have an approach ready for this issue. Dr. Miller uses motivational interviewing, a Rogerian technique designed to increase a client's sense that he or she is capable of handling the problems they confront.

In this session, Dr. Miller works with a woman who has been in and out of recovery for use of various substances who is aiming toward reducing her substance use. By reflectively listening and pointing out her strengths, Dr. Miller guides the client toward recognizing other interests in her life with which she can replace drug and alcohol use.

Motivational interviewing is a client-centered yet directive approach for facilitating change by helping people to resolve ambivalence and find intrinsic reasons for making needed behavior change. Originally designed to work with people with substance use disorders, motivational interviewing is now broadly applied in health care, psychotherapy, correctional, and counseling settings. It is particularly applicable where low intrinsic motivation for change is an obstacle. Rather than advocating for and suggesting methods for change, this approach seeks to elicit the client's own goals, values, and motivation for change and to negotiate appropriate methods for achieving it.
About the Therapist

William Richard Miller, PhD, is distinguished professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and codirector of UNM's Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions. A fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society, he has also served as director of clinical training for UNM's APA-approved doctoral program in clinical psychology.

Dr. Miller's publications include 25 books and more than 300 articles and chapters, focusing especially on the treatment of alcohol problems and other addictive behaviors.

His research group has developed and evaluated a variety of innovative clinical strategies, including motivational interviewing, the drinker's checkup, behavioral self-control training, and the community reinforcement approach. He has also designed various treatment assessment tools for the addiction field.

He has served as principal investigator for numerous research grants and contracts; founded a private practice group; and served as a consultant to many organizations, including the U.S. Senate, the World Health Organization, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and National Institute of Mental Health). Dr. Miller was the 1994 recipient of the Jellinek Memorial Award in recognition of his research contributions to the treatment of alcoholism.

He maintains an active interest in pastoral counseling and the integration of spirituality and psychology. He is supported by a 15-year Senior Career Research Scientist Award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, to focus full-time effort on clinical research. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon in 1976.

Suggested Readings
  • Miller, W. R. (Ed.). (1999). Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 35: Enhancing motivation for change in substance abuse treatment (DHHS Publication No. SMA 99-3354). Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.
  • Miller, W. R., & Rollnick, S. (2002). Motivational interviewing: Preparing people for change (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Moyers, T. B., & Rollnick, S. (2002). A motivational interviewing perspective on resistance. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 58 (2), 185–193.
  • Rollnick, S., Mason, P., & Butler, C. (1999). Health behavior change: A guide for practitioners. New York: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Rollnick, S., & Miller, W. R. (1995). What is motivational interviewing? Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 23, 325–334.

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