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Course: Thinking Simply About Addiction: A Handbook for Recovery
by Richard S. Sandor, M.D.

CE Credit Hours: 7
Fee: $34

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In a refreshing no-nonsense manner, this insightful, practical guide pinpoints why addictions are so tenacious and how to help clients truly recover. The text uses the experiences of addicts to illuminate the core truth of addiction: It is an involuntary, automatic behavior that, once triggered, leaves the addict feeling totally powerless. This key insight resolves deep confusion among family members and points the way toward the means of true recovery.

Addiction cannot be 'cured' by any pharmaceutical or quick fix. Dr. Sandor says it does include a 12-Step Program and abstinence, but it takes something more. Life cannot become about avoidance alone. Authentic recovery requires living for something else, something higher than ourselves--a crucial, but controversial pillar of the 12-Step Approach. In non-doctrinaire terms, Sandor helps clinicians and their clients see the 'higher power model' in a new light.

Clinicians will acquire a greater understanding of what the addict suffers and it provides hard-won insights and real guidance for recovery.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • be able to discuss with clients the concept of addiction as a 'disease of automaticity'
  • be able to talk with patients about the loss of control from non-guilt inducing/non-shame producing paradigm
  • be better able to diagnose alcoholism and drug addiction
  • be able to work with relapse prevention under the manageable and treatable causes of 'forgetting' and 'not caring'
  • have an increased appreciation of 12-step programs and how to overcome client resistance to attending 'meetings'
  • be able to explain the reasons why spirituality is important in recovery

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • This course is suitable for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians.
  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The printed book or ebook is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version of the test. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.
Additional Resources On This Site for CE

Additional Resources Not On This Site

  • The Association for Addiction Professionals
  • Drug Abuse Treatment Through Collaboration: Practice and Research Partnerships That Work, Edited by James L. Sorenson, Richard A. Rawson, Joseph Guydish, and Joan E. Zweben 2003. 325 pgs. APA, Washington DC
  • Trauma and Drug Abuse: Causes, Consequences, and Treatment of Comorbid Disorders, Edited by Paige Ouimette and Pamela J. Brown 2003. 315 pages APA, Washington DC
  • Drug Abuse: Origins and Interventions, Edited by Meyer D. Glantz and Christine R. Hartel 1999 492 pages APA, Washington DC
  • Hanley Center
    5200 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407-2374
    Phone: 561-841-1000
    Toll Free 1-800-444-7008

Bio: Richard S. Sandor, MD

Richard S. Sandor, M.D., Is a board-certified psychiatrist with more than twenty-five years experience in the addiction field. He has served as a medical director at several nationally accredited drug and alcohol treatment programs in Southern California including the Redgate Memorial Recovery Center, the Sepulveda VA/UCLA Medical Center, and served as the president of the California Society or Addiction Medicine from 1993 to 1995. He works in Santa Monica, California.