Interact Treatment Manual & Participant Workbook

based on the self help theory of Jim Maclaine

by Melinda L. Lake

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 02/06/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 92
ISBN : 9781452597331

About the Book


InterACT Treatment Manual & Participant Workbook

for Addictive Disorders based on the self-help

theory of Jim Maclaine.

Melinda L. Lake

This treatment manual has been developed for health professionals working with people suffering from addictive disorders to develop a self-help recovery process. It includes practical session guides and worksheets for participants. It follows the therapy methods of author psychologist Melinda L. Lake, in which participants undertake all 15 sessions in sequence, ideally over a five day period.

The modules are best undertaken in a small group setting of 8 to 12, however are easily adapted for use in private practice. People suffering directly from addiction may also find this manual helpful.

The InterACT Programme is a treatment protocol specifically targeting the addicted brain. It links the psycho-education of current neuroscience with cognitive therapy and the therapeutic principles of Acceptance Commitment Therapy. It is an inter-personal (group based) treatment method which lays the foundation for a solid self-help recovery process, and it moves participants through Prochaska & DiClemente’s (1982) stages of change from a contemplative state to the maintenance stage.

It aims to break the pathological attachment to the intoxicated state and the various defensive processes that protect that attachment.

The approach is based on the Interact Therapy Program devised by Psychologist Jim Maclaine in the 1980’s. A programme that successfully treated thousands of patients with addictions and emotional disturbances for several decades in Australian accredited private hospitals.

For more information on this treatment approach or implementing the programme at your facility please contact the author at

About the Author

Melinda L Lake is a consultant psychologist for the NSW Alcohol & Drug Foundation’s rehabilitation service for women with children, and staff supervisor for Phoenix House, a specialist support service for at risk youth. She is a member of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia and the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association. Her 17 years’ experience in the AOD sector has included publicly funded programs and employment in the addictions units of several private hospitals. She lives in Sydney Australia with her husband and daughter.