Counselors’ Perspectives of Positive Psychology for the Treatment of Addiction: A Mixed Methods Pilot Study

Amy R. Krentzman, Stacey L. Barker

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Abstract

Little is known about the use of positive psychology interventions (PPI) in addictions treatment. Questionnaires and interviews with alcohol and substance use disorder counselors explored theories of how PPIs might work, the degree to which they are used, and downsides. Results suggested that positive and pathology-based themes were attended in equal proportion, substance abuse treatment should help clients develop a good life in recovery, counselors already use PPI, and PPI might counter negative cognitions and affect. Reservations for using PPI included relying on PPI exclusively and employing PPI indiscriminately without regard to client characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-385
Number of pages16
JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

Keywords

  • Substance use disorders
  • addiction
  • counselors
  • positive psychology
  • theory

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