Therapists are in the freedom business. This is the message that Jerome D. Levin brings in his marvelous work about the role therapists must play as guides, mentors, and facilitators on the patientOs journey from the slavery of addiction to the freedom of recovery. Understanding addiction, demonstrating its dynamics, and developing and conveying treatment approaches, require multiple perspectives. Levin reminds us that therapists are an at-risk group for chemical and behavioral addictions. He suggests protective measures such as living our lives with sufficient balance so as to keep addiction, whether to substances or work, at bay. Scholarly yet lively, this is a brilliant tour de force by a master clinician.
Jerome D. Levin, Ph.D., is a faculty member of the Humanities Department at the New School for Social Research as well as Director of the New SchoolOs Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Training Program. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Science at New York University.