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Managing Substance Abuse Issues in Groups Not Specifically for Substance Abusers


It is hard to imagine a group therapist who has not encountered alcohol or drug issues in his or her treatment groups. Those who run groups specifically for substance abusers (homogeneous groups) can find much to guide them in the group therapy literature, but group therapists who do not regularly work with this population are often quite baffled when drug and alcohol issues emerge and, lacking the necessary skills, may avoid addressing them. After reviewing briefly the history of group treatment of this population and theoretical differences, this chapter will provide guidance to leaders for more effectively handling substance abuse issues that arise in heterogeneous therapy groups.