Joe Nowinski, PhD is an internationally recognized clinical
psychologist and author. He has written books on a variety of topics. He is
currently an assistant professor at the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of
Addiction Studies. His past positions include assistant professor of psychiatry
at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, associate
professor of psychology at the University of Connecticut, and supervising psychologist
at the University of Connecticut Health Center.
Twelve Step Facilitation (TSF)
Dr Joe is the author/creator of Twelve Step Facilitation,
which is an evidence-based treatment for alcohol and drug abuse. A recent Cochrane
Report, considered the gold standard for evaluating medical as well as psychological
treatments, concluded that TSF was superior to alternative treatments, such as
cognitive-behavioral therapy, in promoting long term recovery from substance
abuse disorders. For those who are interested here is the link to the Cochrane Report:https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD012880.pub2/full Other Works
A review of this site will allow readers to see the range of
topics Dr Joe has written on. In each case they will find that his books are grounded
in sound research that he is able to translate into practical advice and
guidance. This is also evident in the many posts he has written for Psychology
Today, the Huffington Post, and other Internet sites. Links to these writings can be found through Google.
Dr Joe’s newest book is Recovery After Rehab: A Guide for
the Newly Sober and Their Loved Ones, and it was published by Rowman and Littlefield
in 2021. Here are some reviews of this new book:
For people struggling with addiction and those who love
them, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to gain a better
understanding of what to expect from treatment and to plan ahead for after
treatment. It aims to demystify the
process while offering clear suggestions of how to maintain treatment benefits.
It pulls back the curtain and takes an honest look at the reality of what
happens during and after treatment and how we can help – not hinder – progress
toward recovery. Presenting loved ones as collaborators in recovery, Dr.
Nowinski empowers those affected by addiction with the knowledge required to
evaluate various treatment options and to make informed decisions beyond the
walls of formal care settings that will promote recovery over time. Cara M. Renzelli, PhD
Vice President, Operations and
Gateway Rehab, Mt Pleasant, PA,
Youngstown OH, Warren OH, Aliquippa PA, and Pittsburgh PA In early recovery we hear, "To
succeed, take ownership of your recovery," a poignant but abstract idea.
This new book by Joe Nowinski finally provides the owner’s manual to a new
life-of-recovery from process or substance use disorder. Daily reflection books
offer comfort and insight, but Recovery After Rehab is the map to navigate
all the "but, how?" perils of recovery realities that we each face.
Joe C., author, Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step
Life and host of Rebellion Dogs Radio
Dr. Joseph Nowinski is one of the pioneers of Addiction
Psychology. He has made seminal contributions to the field, most significantly
in his development of Twelve-Step Facilitation, an empirically supported
treatment for alcohol use disorders. In this new book, Dr. Nowinski has
addressed a significant gap in the treatment literature – the role of the
family in the recovery process. All too often families of addicted patients are
placed in an isolated position – they are minimally involved in treatment and
given little guidance to direct them through the potential minefield of early
recovery. This book fills that void by providing an understanding of the role
of rehab, and the necessary tasks for promoting recovery for the patient and
for the whole family. Masterfully written, based on Dr. Nowinski’s lifetime of
clinical experience, this book will provide relief and direction for those who
are accompanying a loved one through the sometimes-mysterious journey of
recovery. There are helpful suggestions throughout the book. Patients and
family members alike will benefit from reading it, and even experienced
practitioners will gain useful insights. A highly recommended addition to the
Author of A Clinician’s Guide to 12-Step Recovery
Psychologist for Adult Services, Caron Treatment Centers, Philadelphia PA,
Wernersville PA, NY City, Boca Raton FL and Atlanta GA.
Dr. Joe nails it again! This book is an amazing guide for loved
ones invested in recovery. Ever since Dr. Nowinski wrote developed 12
Step Facilitation I knew I’d found an educated and knowledgeable person when it
comes to addiction and recovery. I can’t wait to buy some copies for friends
and family to help take the confusion out of ongoing recovery!
Judi Bixby, Director of Alaska Services
Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers, Kirkland WA, Seattle WA, Edmonds WA, Everett
WA, Tacoma, WA.