chapter  19
Conclusion: Future Directions in Chemical-Dependency Treatment and the Need to Break the Silence on Child Abuse
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The chapters in this book summarize contemporary clinical and research efforts currently going on in the field of chemical-dependency treatment. Clinicians across the United States are refining clinical techniques in their own work with addicted patients. Many have felt isolated because the field of mental health has yet to produce a cadre of professionals possessing the skills necessary to deal effectively with the chemically dependent. The contributors to this volume are integrating "this and that" from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and psychoeducational approaches. These professionals are moving disease-model Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and individual psychotherapy advocates toward a conciliatory stance permitting the utilization of both modalities (Yalisove, Rothschild, Derby). Zweben similarly urges the integration of psychiatric and substance-abuse treatment to meet the needs of the dual-diagnosis client.