Promoting Self-Change From Addictive Behaviors

Practical Implications for Policy, Prevention, and Treatment

  • Harald Klingemann
  • Linda Carter Sobell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Hans-Jürgen Rumpf, Gallus Bischof, Ulrich John
    Pages 73-85
  3. José Luis Carballo, José Ramón Fernández-Hermida, Roberto Secades-Villa, Linda Carter Sobell, Mariam Dum, Olaya García-Rodríguez
    Pages 87-101
  4. Stephanie Flöter, Christoph Kröger, Tony Toneatto, Jachen C. Nett, Janet Polivy, Jukka-Pekka Takala et al.
    Pages 102-149
  5. Linda Carter Sobell, Mark B. Sobell
    Pages 163-186
  6. Judith C. Barker, Geoffrey Hunt
    Pages 213-237
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 257-259

About this book


Many are addicted. Few are treated. Yet many who are not treated recover. Promoting Self-Change from Addictive Behaviors examines natural recovery as a clinical phenomenon, a field of inquiry, and a vital component of therapy. It also brings clinicians and counselors to a new understanding of addiction and recovery.

One of the few books on the topic, this volume offers alternatives to disease models of addiction by exploring personal pathways to recovery. Focusing on alcohol and drug problems, it provides a literature review of 40 years of studies on self-change with particular emphasis on the current decade and methodological issues (starting with how much or how little treatment constitutes "treatment"). The 24 experts keep the coverage consistently readable, and dozens of brief narratives from individuals who have successfully recovered from an addictive behavior without formal help lend valuable personal perspectives.

More of the book’s key features:

  • Core factors in self-change, from cognitive processes to social issues
  • Case examples of natural recovery from smoking, binge eating, problem gambling, and criminal behavior
  • Redefining the role of treatment in changing addictive behaviors
  • Cross-cultural, community, and prevention perspectives on promoting self-change
  • "Self-change toolbox" chapter offering assessment tools, recovery strategies, web links, and other online resources

With Promoting Self-Change from Addictive Behaviors, health care professionals and researchers (from psychologists and social workers to nurses, sociologists, and physicians) can find more effective methods to fit client needs, and develop new insights into the recovery process. Public health workers and policymakers will also find informative strategies for tapping this rich therapeutic resource.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Harald Klingemann
    • 1
  • Linda Carter Sobell
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Nova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-71286-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-71287-1
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