This book is a valuable resource for therapists who encounter patients with addictions. It is written more for the general therapist than the addiction specialist. The list of contributors is impressive, including many leading American addictionologists. These individuals help to familiarize the reader, presumably a mental health practitioner, with psychotherapeutic approaches to alcohol and drug abuse. This enhances the book for the nonspecialist in addictions. I feel that the intended audience is the mental health practitioner who does not usually work in a chemical dependency treatment setting.