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High-Functioning Alcoholics and Substance Users
DVD Video
$199.99 USD
Now Available For Preorder
This item is expected to ship 4-6 weeks after the event on September 6, 2018.
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DVD Video - 4+ hours   Instructions
Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
9/6/2018 - Available Now for Pre-Order
CE Available:
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  1. Explore how the DSM-IV TR® and DSM-5® diagnostic criteria relates to high-functioning users of alcohol and other substances.
  2. Assess how the unique characteristics and treatment challenges of working with high-functioning alcoholics informs clinical approach with this population.
  3. Formulate a treatment plan for working with high-functioning drug users based on the stages of change model of overcoming addiction.
  4. Investigate how evidence-based integrated treatment approaches can be employed by clinicians working with dual diagnosis clients.
  5. Assess the benefits and limitations of 12-step programs on dual diagnosis treatment and employ strategies for effective integration into client care.
  6. Communicate how shame can negatively impact therapy for substance use disorders and analyze the role of compassion and forgiveness in the addiction treatment process.
Level of Functioning and Populations at Risk
  • How stereotypes hide functioning alcoholics and drug users
  • The profile of the high-functioning person in active addiction
  • Challenges of diagnosing and working with high-functioning young adults
  • Early recovery patterns - low functioning vs. high functioning
Break the Cycle of Shame and Addiction In High-Functioning Alcohol and Drug Users
  • The myth of shame as a motivator for recovery
  • The latest research on shame and addiction
  • Compassion-based communication techniques to:
    • Bring shame into the light
    • Break down defensiveness
  • The role of self-compassion in addiction treatment
  • Recovery pride
Dual Diagnosis:
Integrated Strategies for Co-Occurring Disorders
  • The impact of co-occurring disorders on addiction treatment outcomes
  • DSM-5® and diagnosing high-functioning alcoholism and addiction
  • Initial screening approaches
  • Assessment tools to identify
    • High functioning alcoholics and substance users
    • Presence of co-occurring disorders
    • Readiness for change
    • Strengths that support recovery
  • Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome vs. mental health symptoms
Move Clients Toward Post-Traumatic Growth With Interventions Informed by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Shattered Vase Exercise - plant the seeds of possibility
  • Creating narratives
  • Letter writing
  • Positive remembering and repositioning
  • Reframe the meaning
Clinical Tools Tailored to Functional People Experiencing an Alcohol or Drug Problem
  • Crisis intervention - when and how
  • How to establish rapport and trust
  • Collaborative goal setting
  • Establishing a behavioral plan
  • Targeted treatment approaches for Dual Diagnosis clients
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Identify and challenge cognitive distortions about substance use
    • Create positive reframes
  • Motivational Interviewing
    • Treatment strategies based on readiness for change
    • Motivational tools - keep clients in treatment
    • Harm reduction - meeting clients where they are at
  • Narrative Therapy and case example
    • Personal stories of change and forming non-addiction identities
  • Non-traditional addiction treatment
  • Using family system leverage to motivate change
  • Family agreements and contracts
Where 12-Step Programs Can Fall Short And How to Make them Work for Your Client
  • 12-Step programs - benefits and limitations with high functioning clients
  • Program models and language
  • Supporting dual diagnosis treatment
  • Effective strategies for integrating 12-Step models into treatment
Research, Research Limitations and Potential Treatment Risks
  • Research and research limitations
  • How private pay care keeps the high-functioning population under the radar
  • When clients don’t identify as being alcoholic


Sarah Allen Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC, is the author of the book, Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic and has been featured frequently in the media including the New York Times and has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, “The Today Show”, “The CBS Early Show”, NPR and is a blogger for

A Licensed Mental Health Counselor and co-owner of Benton Behavioral Health Consulting, LLC, Sarah is the director of clinical services at Aware Recovery Care home-based addiction treatment in North Haven, CT and clinical consultant for The Strathmore House transitional sober living for men in Boston, MA. She worked previously as an outpatient therapist specializing in addiction treatment at Insight Counseling in Ridgefield, CT, Turnbridge young adult male addiction treatment in New Haven, CT and at McLean Hospital at McLean Brook transitional living program for dual diagnosis in Belmont, MA.

Sarah approaches addiction from the position of a counselor with lived experience, having been in long term recovery from alcoholism since February 2004.
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