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Fundamentals of Addiction

A Practical Guide for Counsellors

Edited by Marilyn Herie and W.J.Wayne Skinner
Foreword by Gabor Maté

Fundamentals of Addiction is an essential reference for counsellors and a comprehensive textbook for college and university level students in courses that address addictions. Written by more than 50 experts in addiction treatment and related fields, each chapter includes case examples, practice tips and print and online resources.

This fourth edition of Alcohol & Drug Problems was renamed Fundamentals of Addiction to include behavioural or “process” addictions. Extensively revised, updated and expanded, this new edition includes case examples, practice tips and print and online resources in each chapter—making it even more useful for students as a course text, and for counsellors as a practical guide.

Join the Addiction Fundamentals Blog​ by editor Wayne Skinner.
791 pages • $99.95 • Product code: P575  • Paper • ISBN: 978-1-77114-147-5 (print)
ISBN: 978-1-77114-150-5 (ePub) • Individual chapters available for use in course


About the Editors

​​​Marilyn Herie, PhD, RSW is an Academic Chair at the School of Community and Health Studies at Centennial College. She is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and has over 15 years of clinical practice and supervision in addictions/concurrent disorders treatment with individuals and groups. Dr. Herie blogs about clinical teaching and learning at 

Wayne Skinner, MSW, RSW, was deputy clinical director of CAMH’s Ambulatory Care and Structured Treatment Program, where he headed the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario, before his retirement in 2016. He teaches in the Department of Psychiatry and the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. He edited Treating Concurrent Disorders (2005) and co-authored A Family Guide to Concurrent Disorders (2007), Substance Abuse in Canada (2010) and Motivational Interviewing for Concurrent Disorders (2013).​

About the Author of the Foreword

Gabor Maté, MD, is a physician and bestselling author. His interests include child development, the mind-body unity of health and illness, and addiction treatment. Dr. Maté worked for 12 years in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by drug addiction, mental illness and HIV and has 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience. Dr. Maté is a sought-after speaker and teacher to health professionals, educators and lay audiences.

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