Canadian scholars
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
2017 responding to the oppression of addiction cvr
522 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
April 2017
Print ISBN: 9781551309330
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Substantially revised, the third edition of Responding to the Oppression of Addiction brings together the voices of over 40 academics and social work practitioners from across Canada to provide a diverse and multidimensional perspective to the study of addiction. This edition features eight new chapters, including a first-person narrative on the effects of residential schools on Indigenous peoples. Themes include prevention initiatives, program descriptions, the special needs of different populations, policy perspectives framed within an anti-oppression standpoint, and the emerging topic of problem gambling. This varied collection is an indispensable resource for students and practitioners working in the fields of social work and addictions studies.


  • adopts an anti-oppressive framework and uniquely Canadian lens
  • provides an authoritative analysis of the practices and policies that contribute to the construction of the meaning of addiction

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Table of Contents


1. Creating a Holistic Understanding of Addiction, Rick Csiernik and William S. Rowe

2. Prevention as Controversy: Harm Reduction, Rick Csiernik, William S. Rowe and Jim Watkin

3. Supervised Injection Sites: Harm Reduction and Health Promotion, William S. Rowe and Lisa Rapp

4. The Role of Culture in Prevention, Joe Antone and Rick Csiernik

5. Coming Home: Rediscovering the Family in Addiction Treatment in Canada, Ramona Alaggia and Rick Csiernik

6. Perinatal Drug Dependency Disorders, Cecilia M. Jevitt and William S. Rowe

7. The Treatment of Adolescent Substance Abuse, Chris Stewart, William S. Rowe and Tara Bruno

8. A Model for Working with Women Dealing with Child Sexual Abuse and Addiction, Diane Hiebert-Murphy and Lee Woytkiw

9. Narrative Therapy Ideas and Practices for Working with Addiction, Laura Béres

10. Impact of Addiction on Parenting Post Separation, Rachel Birnbaum

11. Is Alcoholics Anonymous of Value for Social Work Practitioners? Rick Csiernik and Blanka Jordanov

12. How Open Is the Meeting? Attending AA in a Wheelchair, Melissa Brideau and Rick Csiernik

13. Maintaining the Continuum of Care: Arguing for Community-Based Residential Addiction Treatment Programs, Rick Csiernik

14. Patterns of Intimacy and Sexual Expression in Interaction with Addictions, Louise Osmond and Dennis Kimberley

15. The Use of Prescribed Psychotropic Drugs by Working Women, Pauline Morissette and Nicole Dedobbeleer, with Rick Csiernik and Emma Wilson

16. Understanding the Violent Substance Abuser: Issues in Intimate Partner Violence, Tanielle O’Hearn and Rick Csiernik

17. Multiple Barriers: The Intersection of Substance Abuse in the Lives of Women Disclosing and Seeking Help for Intimate Partner Violence, Anna Francis, Ramona Alaggia, Rick Csiernik and Tanielle O’Hearn

18. Drug Use, Addiction and the Criminal Justice System, Amber Kellen, Lois Powers and Rachel Birnbaum

19. The Experiences of Chinese Youth in Drug Treatment Programs in Vancouver, British Columbia, Siu Ming Kwok and Dora M.Y. Tam

20. Understanding the Ultimate Oppression: Alcohol and Drug Addiction in Native Land, Kelly Brownbill and Mavis Etienne

21. From Benzos to Berries: Treatment Offered at an Aboriginal Youth Solvent Abuse Treatment Centre Relays the Importance of Culture, Colleen Anne Dell, Maureen Seguin, Carol Hopkins, Raymond Tempier, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Debra Dell, Randy Duncan and Karen Mosier

22. I Have Kept Too Many Secrets, Thomas Miller

23. Examining the Intersection of Addiction and Issues of Ability, Rick Csiernik and Melissa Brideau

24. Concurrent Disorders and Social Work Intervention, Dennis Kimberley and Louise Osmond

25. Many Paths to Prohibition: Drug Policy in Canada, Rick Csiernik, Munish Bhakri and Robin Koop-Watson

26. Addiction Intervention, Employability, and Welfare, Rick Csiernik, Carolyne Gorlick, and Joe Antone

27. Gambling: Current Knowledge, Clinical Perspectives, and Concerns, Jeffrey Derevensky, Renée A. St-Pierre, and Rick Csiernik

28. Compulsive Internet and Cyber Use, Dennis Kimberley and Louise Osmond

Contributing Authors
Copyright Acknowledgements

Rick Csiernik

Rick Csiernik, Professor of Social Work at King’s University College, Western University, has authored over 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has been an invited presenter at over 200 national and international conferences, seminars, and workshops. Among his other books are Responding to the Oppression of Addiction, Workplace Wellness, and Just Say Know: A Counsellor’s Guide to Psychoactive Drugs.

Substance Use and Abuse, Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Health, Just Say Know, Responding to the Oppression of Addiction, 2nd Edition, Substance Use and Abuse, 2nd Edition, Wellness and Work, Workplace Wellness, Responding to the Oppression of Addiction, 3rd Edition

William S. Rowe

William S. Rowe is a Professor and Coordinator of the DSW program in the Department of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University and a Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida. Dr. Rowe has authored over 130 academic and professional works and has provided lectures and seminars in over 30 countries.

Responding to the Oppression of Addiction, 2nd Edition, Responding to the Oppression of Addiction, 3rd Edition


"In this third edition, Csiernik and Rowe expand on their successful book and provide an excellent collection of topics and perspectives related to addiction. Of particular importance is their framing of addiction as an issue influenced by the individual, community, and social systems of oppression. Weaving together an impressive group of authors, they provide compelling and exhaustive material to inform, educate, and practice from the anti-oppressive standpoint."
—  Gabriela Novotna, Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina

"This new edition begins by providing a necessary and comprehensive foundation to the understanding of addiction. The updated chapters and exciting new content enhance the relevancy of this text as a valuable resource for students, both within the social work curriculum and beyond into practice."
—  Tracey A. Bone, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba

Instructor Resources

Instructor supplements for Responding to the Oppression of Addiction, 3e include:

  • Lecture suggestions
  • Assignment suggestions
  • Additional Resources
  • Glossary for each chapter
  • Appendix of Canadian addiction resrouces

See sample

Student Resources

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