Vistas Online 2014

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.


The Party’s Over: Treating Grief During Recovery for Alcoholic Women

Sarah Skoog and Janet Froeschle Hicks


Society often expects alcoholic women in recovery to quickly move on with their lives. This can be a daunting task since many women experience grief and loss as a consequence of previous addictive behaviors or change in lifestyle. This grief and loss must be treated if alcoholic women are to abstain, long-term, from alcohol use and lead satisfying lives. This article distinguishes between symptoms of depression and addiction-related grief and concludes by detailing a specific model counselors can use to help female alcoholics in the recovery process.

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