Foundations of Addictions Counseling, 5th edition

Published by Pearson (May 3, 2024) © 2025

  • David Capuzzi
  • Mark D. Stauffer


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For courses in substance use and addictions counseling.

Practical tools and a solid research foundation for addictions counselors

Foundations of Addictions Counseling combines real-life techniques and skills with a thorough review of addictions counseling research, theory and history. Holistic coverage spans 20 distinct areas of focus to help prepare counselors to work on behalf of diverse clients in various settings.

The 5th Edition integrates more information on issues connected with diversity, equity and inclusion as well as current research, additional case studies and sidebars.

Hallmark features of this title

  • 20 areas of focus draw on the specialized knowledge of the writers of each contributed chapter.
  • Unique chapters on the assessment of client resources and strengths (Ch. 5) and gender issues in counseling (Ch. 18).
  • A complete chapter on motivational interviewing (Ch. 7) explores this widely used treatment approach.
  • Chapters on cross-cultural counseling (Chs. 17 to 19) present a practitioner-focused approach to engaging ethnic diversity.
  • A chapter on rehabilitation (Ch. 20) covers inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Case studies illustrate practical applications of the concepts.

New and updated features of this title

  • UPDATED: Current research from the field’s peer-reviewed journals is integrated into each chapter. Updated trends and issues are incorporated throughout.
  • NEW: Learning objectives for each chapter identify content that is most important for learners and serve as the organizational framework for the chapter.
  • UPDATED: Additional case studies located throughout the text enhance the real-world practitioner focus of the material and further illustrate key points. Additional sidebars add a visual dimension that increases readability and interest for students.
  • UPDATED: Emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion highlights these critical factors in counseling.

The LMS-Compatible Assessment Bank streamlines assignments and grading

  • NEW: Learning objective quizzes and application exercises are included in an LMS-compatible packaged file. Application exercises in each chapter use a short-answer format and issue a model response written by experts.

Features of Pearson+ eTextbook for the 5th Edition

  • Video Examples, including authentic client/helper interactions and interviews with experts in the field, expand on principles or concepts in each chapter, helping put the reading into context.
  • The Interactive Glossary lets students quickly build their professional vocabulary as they read.


  1. History and Etiological Models of Addiction
  2. Substance Addictions
  3. Process Addictions
  4. Important Professional Issues in Addiction Counseling
  5. Introduction to Assessment
  6. Assessment and Diagnosis of Addictions


  1. Motivational Interviewing
  2. Psychotherapeutic Approaches
  3. Treatment of Comorbid Disorders
  4. Group Counseling for Treatment of Addictions
  5. Addiction Pharmacotherapy
  6. 12-Step Facilitation of Treatment
  7. Maintenance and Reoccurrences


  1. Substance Use and Families
  2. Persons with Disabilities and Substance-Use Disorders
  3. Substance Use Disorder Programs across the Life Span


  1. Cross-Cultural Counseling: Engaging Ethnic Diversity
  2. Gender, Sex, and Addictions
  3. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer Affirmative Addictions Treatment
  4. Inpatient and Outpatient Addiction Treatment

About our editors

David Capuzzi, PhD, NCC, LPC, is professor emeritus at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, and faculty emeritus of Walden University headquartered in Minneapolis. Previously, he served as an affiliate professor in the Department of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology, and Rehabilitation Services at Pennsylvania State University and Scholar in Residence in Counselor Education at Johns Hopkins University.

He is past president of the American Counseling Association (ACA), formerly the American Association for Counseling and Development, and past chair of both the ACA Foundation and the ACA Insurance Trust. From 1980 to 1984, Dr. Capuzzi was editor of The School Counselor. He has authored several textbook chapters and monographs on the topic of preventing adolescent suicide and is coeditor and author with Dr. Larry Golden of Helping Families Help Children and Preventing Adolescent Suicide. He coauthored and edited with Douglas R. Gross Youth at Risk; Introduction to the Counseling Profession; Introduction to Group Work; and Counseling and Psychotherapy.

In addition to Foundations of Addictions Counseling and Foundations of Group Counseling, published by Pearson with Dr. Stauffer, he and Dr. Stauffer have published: Career Counseling; Foundations of Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling; Human Growth and Development Across the Life Span; and Counseling and Psychotherapy. Other texts include Approaches to Group Work; Suicide Across the Life Span; and Sexuality Issues in Counseling, the last coauthored and edited with Larry Burlew. He has authored or coauthored articles in a number of ACA-related journals.

A frequent speaker and keynoter at professional conferences and institutes, Dr. Capuzzi has also consulted with a variety of school districts and community agencies interested in initiating prevention and intervention strategies for adolescents at risk for suicide. He has facilitated the development of suicide prevention, crisis management, and postvention programs in communities throughout the United States; he provides training on the topics of youth at risk and grief and loss; and serves as an invited adjunct faculty member at other universities as time permits.

An ACA fellow, he is the first recipient of ACA’s Kitty Cole Human Rights Award and also a recipient of the Leona Tyler Award in Oregon. In 2010, he received ACA’s Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person. In 2011, he was named a Distinguished Alumni of the College of Education at Florida State University and, in 2016, received the Locke/Paisley Mentorship award from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. In 2018, he received the Mary Smith Arnold Anti-Oppression Award from the Counselors for Social Justice, a division of ACA, as well as the U.S. President’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the 2019 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

Mark D. Stauffer, PhD, NCC, is a core faculty member in the community mental health counseling program at Walden University. He specialized in couples, marriage, and family counseling during his graduate work in the Counselor Education Program at Portland State University, where he received his master’s degree. He received his doctoral degree from Oregon State University, Department of Teacher and Counselor Education.

As a clinician, Dr. Stauffer has worked in the Portland metro area in Oregon at crisis centers and other non-profit organizations working with low-income and houseless individuals, couples, and families. He is Lay Dharma Teacher in the Soto Zen tradition. He presents locally and nationally on meditation and mindfulness as well as on mindfulness-based therapies in counseling.

Dr. Stauffer was a Chi Sigma Iota International fellow. He has served as past co-chair of the American Counseling Association International Committee and as President of the Association for Humanistic Counseling (2018 - 2019). He is a member of the International Association of Addiction and Offender Counseling.

In addition to this addictions counseling textbook published by Pearson with Dr. Capuzzi, he and Dr. Capuzzi have co-edited several other textbooks in the counseling field: Foundations of Group Counseling; Career Counseling; Counseling and Psychotherapy; Foundations of Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling; and Human Growth and Development Across the Life Span. He also coauthored Introduction to Group Work with David Capuzzi and Doug Gross.

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