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Anger Management Based Alcohol Treatment - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128127094, 9780128127100

Anger Management Based Alcohol Treatment

1st Edition

Integrated Therapy for Anger and Alcohol Use Disorder

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Authors: Kimberly Walitzer Jerry Deffenbacher Molly Rath
Paperback ISBN: 9780128127094
eBook ISBN: 9780128127100
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 7th December 2018
Page Count: 324
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Anger Management Based Alcohol Treatment: Integrated Therapy for Anger and Alcohol Use Disorder is an innovative, hands-on guide that introduces clinicians to research-based anger management skills for treating clients with alcohol use disorder. Research has demonstrated an important infl uence of anger-related emotions on drinking behavior and risk for relapse among individuals with drinking problems. This book will empower clinicians to address clients’ alcohol use and anger emotions through an effective blend of cognitive, relaxation, and sober coping skills. This combination of skills offers clinicians a concrete method for helping clients manage anger-related emotions and disconnect the anger–alcohol linkage, thereby improving clinical outcomes.

The book also features useful ideas for client self-monitoring and accessible tools for evaluating progress in treatment. Three case studies are presented and followed to illustrate the full course of treatment. Practical therapeutic techniques are explained and demonstrated through clinical dialogue examples. This book is ideal for developing clinicians, for experienced clinicians looking to enhance skills, and as an instructional text in training programs.

Key Features

  • Empirically-based sobriety and anger management coping skills that are easily integrated
  • Step-by-step guidance and useful tips for treatment implementation
  • Reproducible handouts, forms, and assessment tools
  • Brief reviews of empirical literature, research fi ndings, and suggested readings
  • Three intensive case studies with detailed examples of clinical dialogue


Clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, certified addiction counselors, social workers, academic researchers, advanced undergrad and graduate students

Table of Contents

Section 1 Basis for Anger Management-based Alcohol Treatment
1. Introduction
2. Brief Overview of Alcohol Use Disorder
3. Overview of Anger-related Emotions
4. The Anger – Alcohol Connection

Section 2 Assessment and Preparation
5. Assessment Instruments and Considerations
6. Preparation for Anger Management-based Alcohol Treatment

Section 3 Anger Management-based Alcohol Treatment Techniques
7. Self-Monitoring and Self-Awareness
8. Sobriety Skills
9. Relaxation Coping Skills
10. Cognitive Coping Skills
11. Coping Skills Rehearsal
12. Relapse Prevention
13. Putting It All Together

Section 4 Other Topics and Issues
14. Gender and Client Diversity
15. Broader Implications and Final Thoughts

A: Worksheets and Handouts
B: Assessment Measures


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About the Authors

Kimberly Walitzer

Deputy Director and Senior Research Scientist at University of Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions. Research Associate Professor at the University of Buffalo Psychology Department. Dr. Walitzer has been actively involved in clinical research on alcohol problems for 25 years. She is a New York state licensed psychologist, and completed an NIAAA-funded RO1 NIH grant award, “Developing Anger Management (CRCS) for Use in Alcoholism Treatment”. She has also completed a pilot study on anger management-based smoking cessation in conjunction with nicotine replacement therapy.

Affiliations and Expertise

University at Buffalo, NY, USA

Jerry Deffenbacher

Dr. Deffenbacher has 30 years of experience in clinical outcome research on anger reduction, having designed and assessed anger reduction interventions.

Affiliations and Expertise

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA

Molly Rath

Therapist and supervisor at the Research Institute on Addiction Treatment Services. During this time she has served as the primary therapist on the pilot studies for both the anger management for alcohol use disorders as well as anger management in nicotine dependent smokers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Institute on Addiction Treatment Services, University of Buffalo, NY, USA

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