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Addiction and Resistance

I need help in identifying some forms of resistance that can impact the therapeutic alliance (when treating addiction) and the trust in a client-clinician relationship, and how might the type of setting in which you are providing treatment matter?

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When treating addictions, clients' denials as well as ambivalent feelings can denote resistance and impair trust among helpers and clients, traditional, direct approaches, such as confronting can help to counter resistance. Clients usually approach treatment with fluctuating and conflicting motivations, so this resistance is normal as they tend to both want to change and don't want to change simultaneously. However, working with ambivalence
targets the heart of the problem. I concede that positive, client-centered models and approaches are more effective than confrontation, particularly in outpatient settings. Denial of the existence of a problem is often a mask to enable the ...

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300 words briefly discuss some ways in which resistance impacts addiction treatments. References are also offered.