Working with the substance abuse population: A MFT trainee's resource guide

The prevalence of substance abuse-related disorders is alarmingly high among adolescents and adults in the United States. Some of these individuals seek alcohol and drug treatment voluntarily as a result of personal, family, and relational problems. Many others are referred to treatment through legal mandates and court referrals. In addition, substance abuse is a common co-morbidity among individuals with mental health issues. As a consequence, marriage and family therapist trainees are likely to encounter clients with substance abuse-related disorders during their training in settings such as schools and community mental health centers. This resource guide is a practical guide for the marriage and family therapy trainee who may lack experience in working with this challenging client population.