Psychotherapy with Substance Abusers

  • Nicholas A. Cummings


Psychotherapy with substance abusers as we know it today is a phenomenon of essentially the decade of the 1980s. It has grown largely outside the direct contributions of psychiatry and psychology as disciplines. In fact, not too long ago those psychotherapists who specialized in the treatment of substance abuse were not accorded the same degree of respectability as those psychotherapists who treated the mainstream of psychological conditions. It was to elevate substance abuse specialization into mainstream psychotherapy that I chose to make psychotherapy with addicts the topic of my presidential address (Cummings,1979) to the American Psychological Association (APA). My goal was partially realized as widespread demand resulted in the address going into the seventh printing by the APA. The twelve-step philosophy received for the first time a psychological foundation.


Substance Abuser Personality Disorder Outpatient Treatment Inpatient Treatment Addictive Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas A. Cummings
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  1. 1.American Biodyne and the Foundation for Behavioral HealthSouth San FranciscoUSA

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