Substance abuse and other addictive problems are prevalent in almost every segment of society today. The issues and concerns that are created cross all ethnic, cultural, educational, socioeconomic, gender, and age barriers. Yet, people who wrestle with various addictions often seek out help from others. Perhaps you have ministered to or counseled with many of them. Whether you have taken your own journey towards healing and recovery or simply have a calling and passion to work with this population, a basic understanding of the dynamics involved is essential to the delivery of competent care.
You may be a pastor, a professional mental health practitioner, a lay counselor, or even a close friend who is trying to help. The American Association of Christian Counselors is excited to present our newest Quick Reference Guide to Addictions and Recovery Counseling, which is full of useful information and therapeutic helps for those “in the moment” needs when you are talking with someone who is hurting and broken. The Guide addresses 40 relevant topics and is organized into four general sections: Addictions & Recovery Overview, Substance Abuse Addictions, Behavioral Addictions, and Process Addictions.
Tim Clinton, Ed.D., LPC, LMFT, is an internationally recognized leader in the Christian counseling movement. A licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist, he currently serves as President of the nearly 50,000 member American Association of Christian Counselors—the largest faith-based counseling organization in the world. He is also Executive Director of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies and Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Care at Liberty University and Liberty Theological Seminary. An ordained minister, he lectures and has written extensively on counseling and marriage and family related issues.
Eric Scalise, Ph.D., is the Vice President for Professional Development with the American Association of Christian Counselors and the former Chair of Counseling Programs at Regent University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with over 32 years of clinical and professional experience in the mental health field. Other responsibilities include his role as the Executive Director of the International Board of Christian Care (IBCC) and Senior Editor for AACC Publications. He is an author, a national and international conference speaker, and frequently consults with organizations, clinicians, ministry leaders, and churches on a variety of issues.