Slipping Through the Cracks (Paperback)

Intervention Strategies for Clients with Multiple Addictions and Disorders

By Sanders, Mark, LCSW, CADC

Health Communications Inc, 9780757315725, 216pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2011

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Clients who have multiple addictions and disorders are more difficult to engage and treat than clients with a single disorder. Many of the current systems are ill-equipped to address the myriad challenges of these clients—their relapse and recidivism rates are higher, and many of these clients tend to slip through the cracks, often going back and forth among addictions treatment, psychiatric and medical hospitalizations, and incarceration. Too many difficult-to-reach clients are at risk for relapse because their practitioners lack effective, innovative strategies for this unique client base who remain part of a revolving-door syndrome. Now, Certified Alcohol and Drug Addictions Counselor Mark Sanders, LCSW, offers specific strategies to assist therapists and counselors who work with difficult and at-risk populations, including those with:
    • multiple addictions
    • co-occurring disorders
    • adolescents; rural methamphetamine users
    • antisocial personality disorder, criminality, and addiction
    • trauma or grief and chemical dependency
    • history of chronic relapse and recidivism

Slipping Through the Cracks is a encyclopedic handbook to specific traits of the difficult-to-reach client, as well as a concise guidebook to effective strategies that will be useful to anyone working with clients in private practice or in treatment programs who have both mental health and substance abuse issues.

About the Author

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is a member of the faculty of the Addictions Studies Program at Governors State University in Illinois, and received his master's degree in social work from Loyola University. He is an international speaker in the behavioral science field whose presentations have reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands. A partial list of clients includes Youth Outreach; Wisconsin Department of Corrections; the public school system in Nashville, Tennessee; Northwestern Hospital's Institute of Psychiatry; Hazelden Foundation; and United States Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Mark has spoken to these varied organizations on such subjects as mental health, diversity, stress management, empowering the homeless, clinical supervision, and treatment for adolescents, substance abuse, and criminal justice. The author of four books and numerous articles and manuals, Mark is also a contributor in two books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and has published twelve CDs on clinical strategies for working with adolescents. The recipient of the Barbara Bacon Award for outstanding contributions to the social work profession as a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago's School of Social Work, Mark is also the recipient of the Professional of the Year Award granted by the Illinois Addictions Counselor Certification Board for his work as a trainer and consultant. Learn more at