There are many concepts in clinical psychology that are not science-based, but are nonetheless still of use in therapy.
12 Step literature suggests that sponsors stick with advice on how to work the Steps, rather than stray into realms better left to trained professionals.
The personal story that recovering folks tell at 12 Step meetings is a reconstruction of episodic memories.
Counselors are taught that the best way to make progress is to let the client determine the direction the relationship takes.
Their fondness for risk and excitement makes them ill-suited to a ‘straight’ lifestyle they would no doubt describe as boring.
Even the most recalcitrant drinker can appreciate the desirability of avoiding still more consequences. It’s a side door around some of the alcoholic’s denial.
Involving the therapeutic team adds strength to the message and can speed the accomplishment of important goals.
The key to treatment success is an integrated approach: One treatment team treats both illnesses using an integrated treatment plan.
The behavior of antisocial persons is a challenge to traditional substance abuse counseling. Offender populations are packed with antisocial clients. It helps to address these behaviors directly, beginning with the treatment plan.
A big fine, for instance, isn’t necessarily a better deterrent than a lesser one that is administered quickly and effectively.