Book:  Choice Theory with Addicted Populations
by Michael Rice, LISAC, CTRTC
Choice Theory with Addicted Populations - A Diverse Approach for the Treatment of Addictions with foreword by Dr. William Glasser
Choice Theory with Addicted Populations - A Diverse Approach for the Treatment of Addictions provides techniques, directives, ideas, and explanations on working with addicted persons, whether their drug of choice is alcohol, street drugs, or prescriptions. 

The foreword to this book is written by Dr William Glasser. This book is for both professionals in the field of substance abuse as well as those who may live with or love an addicted individual. It contains techniques, directives, ideas, and explanations for those who may be addicted to prescription meds, street drugs or alcohol. Also included are several exercises that Mike has developed over the years in working with groups that he has combined along with the work of Dr. William Glasser, M. D., the creator of Reality Therapy and most recently, Choice Theory. Not all of the information is user-friendly for the non-professional because a close friend or family member will never be able to establish a clinical relationship with the addict. The non-professional will always be recognized by the addict as Mom, Dad, Friend, Wife, Husband, etc which will inhibit the addict from taking them as someone who might understand and be able to help them. However, there are many other things in the book that the non-professional will be able to utilize that will make their personal life better by knowing what they can control and what they can’t control with their loved one. Mike applies Choice Theory, the new Reality Therapy, by allowing the client to create their own personal treatment plan and not one that is necessarily designed by the therapist or agency. This allows for the client to feel s/he has control and choices rather than being coerced or forced to do something they don’t want to do because someone else said they had to do it. People eventually learn that the drug or alcohol that they are consuming is effective for ridding themselves of unwanted emotions. Quite bluntly, they are unhappy. They are unhappy because of unsatisfying relationships with the important people in their life. After several weeks or months, they become biochemically addicted to the substance. They are now functioning on a daily basis with drug affected thoughts, emotions, and behaviors while causing harm to their internal organs. What they want mostly, satisfying relationships, are being destroyed by their behavior as well as the behavior of those whom they want in their life. While their drug of choice numbs their unwanted emotions, it also numbs their wanted emotions. The lack of these unwanted emotions fools them into thinking they are happy . . . a major misdiagnosis or identification. They are only feeling pleasure which they confuse for being happiness. This book is essential for understanding not only the wanted happiness of the addict, but the happiness of those who are involved with the addict as well. Understanding what motivates us is the key to satisfying our basic needs that create and maintain our happiness.

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Book reviews

published in Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment*

The book "Choice Theory With Addicted Populations-A Diverse Approach for the Treatment of Addictions" offers a clear and practical aid on the application of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy in addicted individuals.

Samir A. Sabbag, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Miller School of Medicine University of Miami, Miami, FL

*lssue: Volume 10{4), December 2011, p 2A1 202)

 Introducing a Great book:

Choice Theory with Addicted Population (Michael Rice)

As a Clinical psychologist who is providing training for Clinical Psychologists and psychiatrists, always thinking about the lack of a step by step instruction for working with clinical Populations. My workshops participants (mainly psychiatrists and Clinical psychologists) always were also asking for a guiding manual for applying CTRT (Choice Theory Reality Therapy) with drug and alcohol. Recently I read Michael Rice's book and I found it magnificent.

In this book Michael provided a clear and step by step explanation for applying CTRT for the treatment of addictions.

Based on techniques, directives, ideas and explanations of this book, now we are running three research projects with opium addicted clients in Iran. So far the projects are going well and we are amazed with the motivation of the clients.

I highly recommend you to read this book even if you are not working with clinical populations.

Ali Sahebi,
Sydney, Australia (on Facebook)
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