Psychologist & Author
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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:

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.

New Book

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 Clinical Advancement 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 literature.  Mark Schenker, Ph.D. Author of A Clinician’s Guide to 12-Step Recovery Lead 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. 

Finally, here is a link to a podcast on the subject of Recovery After Rehab: 

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