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

Anger Management Based Alcohol Treatment

1st Edition

Integrated Therapy for Anger and Alcohol Use Disorder

Authors: Kimberly Walitzer Jerry Deffenbacher Molly Rath
Paperback ISBN: 9780128127094
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st October 2018
Page Count: 250
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Anger Management-Based Alcohol Treatment: An Integrated Therapy for Anger and Alcohol Use Disorder provides mental health professionals with specialized clinical techniques and strategies for assessing and treating comorbid alcoholism and anger emotions. This hands-on guide empowers clinicians in teaching anger management skills to drinkers with alcohol use disorder, helping these patients learn cognitive and relaxation skills that reduce anger and disconnect the anger-alcohol linkage. Case studies and vignettes based on clinical experience are laced throughout the book, along with therapeutic techniques that can be put into immediate practice.

The book also features effective ways clients can self-monitor their craving and anger emotions, ethnicity considerations in anger and drinking, and how to adapt anger management therapy to group therapy settings.

Key Features

  • Provides clinicians with easily-integrated anger management techniques that have been proven to treat alcohol use disorder
  • Summarizes the empirical literature on drinking and anger
  • Presents a clear framework for assessing the anger-alcohol linkage
  • Discusses effective methods for client self-monitoring of cravings
  • Includes case studies on anger management-based alcohol therapy
  • Looks at the use of anger management therapy in treating other addictions, such as smoking and gambling


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
Chapter 1:  Introduction
Chapter 2:  Brief Overview of Alcohol Use Disorder
Chapter 3:  Overview of Anger-related Emotions
Chapter 4:  The Anger – Alcohol Connection

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

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

Section 4 – Other Topics and Issues
Chapter 14:  Gender and Client Diversity
Chapter 15:  Broader Implications and Final Thoughts

Appendix A: Worksheets & Handouts
Appendix B: Assessment Measures


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About the Author

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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