I do part time counseling for a chemical dependency department for Creighton University here in Omaha. My best friend is a board certified physician and a addiction medicine specialist. He’s how I go into this work, from my old college days. But the point I’m making is; I get asked a lot of questions from people on how to find a good book to help cope with addicts, trauma victims and relationships in general. So for anyone who has experience in this department or that would like to really take a step forward, here’s the book that will do this. It’s a text book that you get on your 4th year Med-school, but it’s a vital piece of information for anyone struggling or who’s trying to save someone’s life. Please note, this is a hard book to get. But its out there…Here’s the synopsis .
"Traumatic Relationships and Serious Mental Disorders: by Jon G.Allen"
Mental, physical, or sexual abuse in close personal relationships commonly results in trauma that is very different from the trauma of accidents, illness, or war. Little is more intellectually challenging, emotionally demanding, and difficult than therapeutic work with survivors of such traumatic personal relationships and those close to them.
This book provides psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, and counsellors with a powerful conceptual framework and a concise, masterly review of a huge knowledge base that will support and guide treatment and prevention programmes for these serious problems.
This volume: synthesises extensive clinical experience with a comprehensive review of the clinical and research literature presents a unique developmental perspective informed by attachment theory, while integrating key aspects of evolutionary, neurobiological, cognitive behavioural, interpersonal, and psychodynamic concepts
explains not only how trauma creates extreme distress in the patient, particularly as manifested in PTSD, but also how it undermines the individual's ability to cope with such distress delineates the significant contribution of trauma to other serious disorders, including dissociative disturbances, depression, drug abuse, eating disorders, self-harm, and personality disorders
The key elements of successful interventions are the engagement and motivation of the patient. This book provides therapists with the framework, knowledge base, and practical guidelines for educating patients and those close to them about the nature of trauma, its consequences, and treatment. The author presents in detail his own "tried and tested" education-based interventions. This book will be an immensely valuable resource for practitioners and academics working in all therapeutic traditions.
A senior staff psychologist at the Menninger Clinic first explains the developmental foundation underlying the severe psychopathology that can result from trauma, as well as the rationale for trauma treatment. He discusses a range of trauma-related psychiatric disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders, and other potential comorbid disorders. He then addresses treatment and long-term management issues in trauma treatment. A final chapter describes how the understanding of trauma can inform therapists about their own mental health risks, and offers guidance on staying healthy.