EDCAS Conference: Alcohol Moderation Strategies: Riding the Roller-Coaster of Change with Problem Drinkers
PRESENTER: Arnold M. Washton, Ph.D.
This presentation will describe how to use moderate drinking strategies to engage, motivate, and facilitate therapeutic change in patients with alcohol use disorders. Clinical dilemmas, complications, and roadblocks will be explored including thorny countertransference issues with patients who continue to engage in risky drinking while trying to pursue moderation goals. The discussion will focus on practical nuts-and-bolts strategies that integrate cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and pharmacological interventions. Case material will be used to describe a practical psychotherapeutic approach that guides clinical decision-making, especially during the initial "roller coaster" phase of incremental change.
Bio: Arnold M. Washton, Ph.D has specialized in treating substance use disorders and related mental health problems for over 40 years. Currently in full-time private practice, he previously served as director of several nationally-recognized treatment programs, as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse at NYU School of Medicine, and as a member of substance abuse advisory panels for special committees of the US House of Representatives, US Senate, US Food and Drug Administration, and the American Psychological Association. He has published several books including most recently "Treating Alcohol and Drug Problems in Psychotherapy Practice: Doing What Works" (Guilford). He is in private practice in New York City and in Princeton, New Jersey. (website: www.recoveryoptions.us)