Engaging ideas, transforming minds
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522 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
April 2017
Print ISBN: 9781551309330


Substantially revised, the third edition of Responding to the Oppression of Addiction brings together the voices of over 40 academics and social work practitioners from across Canada to provide a diverse and multidimensional perspective to the study of addiction. This edition features eight new chapters, including a first-person narrative on the effects of residential schools on Indigenous peoples. Themes include prevention initiatives, program descriptions, the special needs of different populations, policy perspectives framed within an anti-oppression standpoint, and the emerging topic of problem gambling. This varied collection is an indispensable resource for students and practitioners working in the fields of social work and addictions studies.


  • adopts an anti-oppressive framework and uniquely Canadian lens
  • provides an authoritative analysis of the practices and policies that contribute to the construction of the meaning of addiction

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Creating a Holistic Understanding of Addiction
Rick Csiernik and William S. Rowe


Chapter 2. Prevention as Controversy: Harm Reduction
Rick Csiernik, William S. Rowe and Jim Watkin

Chapter 3. Supervised Injection Sites: Harm Reduction and Health Promotion
William S. Rowe and Lisa Rapp

Chapter 4. The Role of Culture in Prevention
Joe Antone and Rick Csiernik


Chapter 5. Coming Home: Rediscovering the Family in Addiction Treatment in Canada
Ramona Alaggia and Rick Csiernik

Chapter 6. Perinatal Drug Dependency Disorders
Cecilia M. Jevitt and William S. Rowe

Chapter 7. The Treatment of Adolescent Substance Abuse
Chris Stewart, William S. Rowe, and Tara Bruno

Chapter 8. A Model for Working with Women Dealing with Child Sexual Abuse and Addiction
Diane Hiebert-Murphy and Lee Woytkiw

Chapter 9. Narrative Therapy Ideas and Practices for Working with Addiction
Laura Béres

Chapter 10. Impact of Addiction on Parenting Post Separation
Rachel Birnbaum

Chapter 11. Is Alcoholics Anonymous of Value for Social Work Practitioners?
Rick Csiernik and Blanka Jordanov

Chapter 12. How Open Is the Meeting? Attending AA in a Wheelchair
Melissa Brideau and Rick Csiernik

Chapter 13. Maintaining the Continuum of Care: Arguing for Community-Based Residential Addiction Treatment Programs
Rick Csiernik


Chapter 14. Patterns of Intimacy and Sexual Expression in Interaction with Addictions
Louise Osmond and Dennis Kimberley

Chapter 15. The Use of Prescribed Psychotropic Drugs by Working Women
Pauline Morissette and Nicole Dedobbeleer, with Rick Csiernik and Emma Wilson

Chapter 16. Understanding the Violent Substance Abuser: Issues in Intimate Partner Violence
Tanielle O’Hearn and Rick Csiernik

Chapter 17. Multiple Barriers: The Intersection of Substance Abuse in the Lives of Women Disclosing and Seeking Help for Intimate Partner Violence
Anna Francis, Ramona Alaggia, Rick Csiernik, and Tanielle O’Hearn

Chapter 18. Drug Use, Addiction, and the Criminal Justice System
Amber Kellen, Lois Powers, and Rachel Birnbaum

Chapter 19. The Experiences of Chinese Youth in Drug Treatment Programs in Vancouver, British Columbia
Siu Ming Kwok and Dora M.Y. Tam

Chapter 20. Understanding the Ultimate Oppression: Alcohol and Drug Addiction in Native Land
Kelly Brownbill and Mavis Etienne

Chapter 21. From Benzos to Berries: Treatment Offered at an Aboriginal Youth Solvent Abuse Treatment Centre Relays the Importance of Culture
Colleen Anne Dell, Maureen Seguin, Carol Hopkins, Raymond Tempier, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Debra Dell, Randy Duncan and Karen Mosier

Chapter 22. I Have Kept Too Many Secrets
Thomas Miller

Chapter 23. Examining the Intersection of Addiction and Issues of Ability
Rick Csiernik and Melissa Brideau

Chapter 24. Concurrent Disorders and Social Work Intervention
Dennis Kimberley and Louise Osmond


Chapter 25. Many Paths to Prohibition: Drug Policy in Canada
Rick Csiernik, Munish Bhakri and Robin Koop-Watson

Chapter 26. Addiction Intervention, Employability, and Welfare
Rick Csiernik, Carolyne Gorlick, and Joe Antone


Chapter 27. Adolescent and Youth Gambling: Current Knowledge, Clinical Perspectives, and Concerns
Jeffrey Derevensky, Renée A. St-Pierre, and Rick Csiernik

Chapter 28. Compulsive Internet and Cyber Use
Dennis Kimberley and Louise Osmond

Contributing Authors
Copyright Acknowledgements


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