AOD Training & Reference Texts

Key Australian texts which summarise, from Australian perspectives, AOD evidence-based frameworks and approaches in clear and readable ways, and which might be useful for you or your clinic to have on hand as ready references.

Jarvis, T.J., Tebbutt, J., Mattick, R., & Shand, F. (2005). Treatment approaches for alcohol and drug dependence: An introductory guide. 2nd edition. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
This is a core AOD training text written for people whose work involves assisting clients to change their use of alcohol and/or other drugs. It is designed to be useful for people working across settings, whether an inpatient unit, a therapeutic community or an outpatient/clinic setting. For students and beginners in the field it gives a valuable introduction to methods and strategies, and for established AOD workers it gives guidelines for further refining methods and applying these systematically.

Ryder,D., Walker, N. & Salmon, A. (2006). Drug use and drug-related harm: a delicate balance. Melbourne: IP Communications.
This well-written and clearly-structured book looks at why people use drugs, why some drug use by some people in some circumstances can be harmful, and what can be done to minimise drug-related harms. It provides a clear and engaging overview of important concepts like “harm minimisation”, “public health” and “evidence-based approach”. It also reviews six drugs (alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, heroin, amphetamines and caffeine) in detail, from evidence-based, harm minimisation and public health perspectives. This book can be very useful for AOD workers to use as a source for educating clients about drugs and their impacts.

Hamilton, M., King, T., Ritter, A. (Eds) (2003). Drug Use in Australia: Preventing harm. 2nd edition. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. 

Themed chapters -  including one on Indigenous alcohol use – feature in this book which looks at social and policy issues of drug use as well as treatment approaches in Australia.

Finally, if you or your clinic need a comprehensive, balanced, accurate and up to date source on psychoactive drugs and their effects, then a highly recommended text is:

Julien, R., Advokat, C., & Comaty, J. (2010). A Primer of Drug Action. 12th edition. New York: Worth Publishers.
Since 1975 this has been the definitive guide to the effects of psychoactive drugs on the brain and on behaviour. Updated every few years, it provides readers with a clear, contemporary, objective and authoritative look at a wide variety of drug types, including sedatives, depressants, stimulants, analgesics, psychedelic drugs, steroids, and drugs used to treat psychological disorders.


Practice Manuals

Marsh, A., Dale, A., Willis, L., O'Toole, S., Helfgott, S. (2013). Counselling Guidlines: Alcohol and other drug issues. 3rd edition. Perth: Drug and Alcohol Office.

Available here

This is a comprehensive resource that can be used as an all-in-one practice manual and ready reference guide for use across service delivery settings.The background research on which this manual is based is available in two associated publications. Both managers and counsellors can use these documents as a reference, an educational tool and as an aid to quality management and professional supervision.

National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) Consortium (2004). Alcohol and Other Drugs: A Handbook for Health Professionals. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
This handbook, now only available electronically, is designed to cater for the alcohol and other drug information needs of generalist medical practitioners and nurses. See p.12 on the influential role of health professionals with Aboriginal patients.

Mentha, H. (2002). An introduction to working with alcohol and other drug issues. 2nd edition. Melbourne: Eastern Drug and Alcohol Services (EDAS).

This handbook was developed as an introduction to working with alcohol and other drug issues, and presents some simple, practical strategies that may be applied in many different settings. Produced as a resource to assist health professionals to address drug and alcohol issues in their work, it can also be used to guide peer consultations with specialist AOD counsellors or supervisors. The handbook was written for workers in the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne and references services specific to that region.