This chapter describes how to apply the strengths- and skills-building model to substance use disorders after building a rationale for the use of the model with this problem area. Specifically, motivational enhancement strategies help increase client commitment to changing substance abusing behaviors, solution-focused interviewing focuses on strengths-finding, and cognitive-behavioral therapy targets skills-building. Clients are seen as agents of change, and practitioners use language that implies and encourages change. A rationale is also provided for the use of art therapy in this particular chapter as it is consistent with a strengths orientation. Art therapy uses a non-confrontational, collaborative approach and validates the client's construction of the problem. The strengths- and skills-building model is applied, along with art therapy techniques, to a case example in a short-term inpatient substance abuse treatment facility.
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