Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment and How to Get Help That Works
by Anne Fletcher, New York Times Best Selling Author, Health and Medical Writer
Following extensive research for her best selling book, Anne Fletcher recommends Scott's treatment practice, noting that
"Scott provides evidence-based treatment for individuals with
substance use disorders and co-occurring problems,
meeting clients according to their stage of readiness
and gearing approaches according to their individual needs."
There is great value in many treatment methods and support systems for addictions, compulsiveness and behavior modification. These alternatives often increase self-esteem, inspire change and benefit the empowered patient.
Beyond substance abuse, addiction professionals need to assess for additional pathology and to empower clients with education about evidence based interventions to address multiple issues.
This includes trauma and PTSD, anxiety, OCD, Attachment/Separation issues, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dissociative disorders and other pathology.
This is a difficult task for the untrained eye because alcohol and other drugs commonly induce psychiatric symptoms. It is also important to be sensitive to the patient's age and developmental stage of life, family history, cultural background, religious beliefs and current life stressors.
For example, a patient who has experienced trauma may habitually self-medicate with alcohol. The treating therapist should discuss the diagnosis of co-occurring disorders, present effective evidence-based treatments and help the patient determine an appropriate course of action. In Client-Driven Focused Therapy, it is the therapist's role to educate clients about diverse evidence-based practices.
Scott has been a source for Gabrielle Glaser's book and related articles about addiction, mental health, women's issues and alternatives to traditional Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and Twelve Step Facilitation. From their collaborations, Glaser writes: