Counselling a Recovering Drug User


a person-centred dialogue

Richard Bryant-Jefferies

ISBN 1 85775 850 1

Counsellors, psychotherapists and other health and social care professionals are frequently faced with clients who have developed a problematic relationship with drugs. The counsellor working in primary care, the nurse in a busy Accident and Emergency Department, the social worker concerned with a family, the housing support worker, they can all expect to encounter people with drug and drug related problems. There is a growing need for a wider understanding of the issues to be addressed and ways of working with this client group.

"This book has a story line that gripped me like a magnet from cover to cover. the reader will come away with a heightened awareness and increased knowledge of teh complexities of dealing with people who have a drug-related problem. Many people will benefit from this book. The lay reader will find the book an engaging read whilst gaining some insight into the world of drug users and the counselling process. Actual and potential clients may read this and gain encouragement about the benefits of person-centred counselling. Health professionals will find this book provides an easy-to-follow explanation of Carl Rogers' counselling model and a unique view on how the counselling relationship allows a troubled client to grow and heal. I enjopyed this book immensely. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in drug users' problems and the therapeutic relationship."

Dr Peter Robinson, General Practitioner with a Special nterest in Substance Misuse, Surrey, England.

"Richard Bryant-Jefferies’ book is well timed and critically needed because it is a unique focus specifically working with the individual drug abuser which is written within the framework of Carl Rogers’ person-centred approach. This book is matchless and deeply insightful. The therapeutic alliance at work within the pages of this book describes brilliantly the relationship of three people working together, the client, the counsellor and the counsellor’s supervisor to actively improve the life of one person struggling with a drug problem"

Dana Murphy Parker, Professor of Nursing, Arizona Western College USA and Chair of the Education Committee for the International Nurses Society on Addictions

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Books published

Counselling the Person Beyond the Alcohol Problem

Living Therapy series

Problem Drinking

Couselling for Problem Gambling

Counselling for Eating Disorders in Women

Counselling for Eating Disorders in Men

Counselling Young People

Relationship Counselling: Sons and their Mothers

Responding to a Serious Mental Health Problem

Counselling for Progressive Disability

Counselling a Recovering Drug User

Counselling a Survivor of Childood Sexual Abuse

Counselling Victions of Warfare

Counselling for Obesity

Counselling Young Binge Drinkers

Counselling for Death and Dying

Time-limited Therapy in Primary Care

Workplace Counselling in the NHS

Person-centred Counselling Supervision

Models of Care for Drug Service Provision

A Little Book of Therapy



Alive and Cutting

The Jigsaw of Life

The Sevenfold Circle: Self Awareness in Dance (with Lynn Frances)