Addiction Therapy and Treatment

A Systems Approach

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About the Book

Addiction is a national mental and medical health crisis, responsible for untold costs to our society and severe suffering to innumerable people. Yet addiction treatment, as it is now practiced, fails half the time. The current treatment approach has changed little in the last 80 years and is a hodgepodge of often-shady treatment approaches. This book presents a radically different addiction treatment paradigm, based on science, evidence and best practices, and has a success rate approaching 100% when followed closely. This model will profoundly upend the current addiction treatment industry.

Nearly every addict lives in a social system, a family, workplace or community that enables and supports, often unconsciously, the addict’s addiction. Instead of the current addict-focused approach, this model extends treatment to the entire support system, starting treatment with the concerned family members. This model also proposes a single provider, the family recovery therapist, who oversees and manages treatment for the addict and the family from the first phone call through the first year of continuous sobriety. This book offers simple recommendations to both addiction treatment providers and family members impacted by this brain disease. It serves as a beacon of hope for families impacted by addiction.

About the Author(s)

Larry Fritzlan, LMFT, is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), a Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS), and a Board Certified Intervention Professional (CIP). In private practice for the past 25 years, he specializes in working with families suffering from addiction and codependency. His office is in Corte Madera, California.
Avis Rumney, LMFT is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an Eating Disorder Specialist, and a Certified Interventionist in private practice in Marin County, California. More information on eating disorders can be found at her website

Bibliographic Details

Larry Fritzlan, LMFT, with Avis Rumney, LMFT
Foreword by Brad Reedy, Ph.D.
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 20 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8814-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4728-9
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

• “Larry Fritzlan accurately identifies the weak link in current Substance Use Disorder treatment—the lack of quality case management. Too often doctors, psychologists, therapists and counselors involved in a patient’s care do not coordinate their efforts, fail to follow up, or even to communicate with each other. Fritzlan describes how family therapists are in the best position to manage the treatment team to assure everyone has input to the overall treatment plan and works toward the same goal.”—Tim Cermak, MD, author of From Bud to Brain: A Psychiatrist’s View of Marijuana

• “Larry Fritzlan covers multiple issues, and a range and depth in theory and practice, as he offers a radically new paradigm for treating addiction. You will return to Addiction Therapy and Treatment: A Systems Approach for years ahead.”—Stephanie Brown, Ph.D., director, The Addictions Institute