Addiction Essentials: The Go-To Guide for Clinicians and Patients

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An up-to-date guide to the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of addictions.
Whether it’s to caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol, many of us suffer from at least one addiction. Carlton K. Erickson presents a comprehensive overview of the various types of addictions—covering both substance and nonsubstance addictions such as gambling, Internet use, and video games—and their diagnosis and treatment. This book sheds light upon the biological and environmental factors that cause addiction, reviews the various types of substance and nonsubstance addictions, and offers clinicians and patients hope for recovery.
Erickson examines alcohol, drugs that speed us up, drugs that slow us down, and how to recognize addictive behavior—such as exercise and videogame addiction—which may be less obvious. Other topics covered include alcohol and other drug pharmacology, neurophysiology of brain pathways, alcohol and drug interactions, adolescent drug use, drug use differences by gender and culture, and visual signs of drug use. Erickson presents various therapeutic methods for addressing addiction, including pharmacological interventions, individual or group therapy, twelve-step programs, and therapy involving family members. Finally, he reflects on the involvement of family and the risks and consequences of relapse.
Written by one of the country’s leading addiction specialists, this accessible, comprehensive book, is a go-to reference for your questions about addiction, and a friendly introduction to the diagnosis and treatment options.

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
“[A] fine assortment that should be considered for anyone fighting their own addictions or seeking to be a bastion of support in another's fight.”
Journal of Psychiatric Practice
“[W]ell written and well edited, a quick and engrossing read.... It includes valuable information on psychopharmacology of addictions including nicotine, and raises awareness of the role of psychiatric illness in addictions that is often entirely overlooked in books geared to addiction counselors and the lay public.... [G]ives tools to counselors that enhance their usual reliance on mutual help support groups and provides broader, more sophisticated options for individual, cognitive, behavioral, group, family, and relapse prevention approaches.”
Counseling Today
“Addiction Essentials neatly summarizes the current state of addictions counseling. It contains information that all counselors should know about contemporary addictions counseling and information they should be able to communicate to clients and clients’ families about the nature of addiction and available treatments.”
The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter
“Erickson has designed a resource that is both easy to use and offers direction to readers from varying disciplines. . .These descriptions, which address both use and abuse, offer both professionals and the public, a context for evaluation and direction. . . . The succinct organization of this guide makes it particularly useful in the clinical contacts. Overall, I found Addiction Essentials to be interest in content, refreshing in its clarity, and useful for a first resource, a review, or a reflection of professional work.”
Deirdre Boyd
“Only now is science catching up with clinicians and sober/abstinent addicts to explain how addiction, abuse, and recovery work. Erickson's seminal guide allies the science to practice: clinicians and scientists alike should read it in order to start a new dialogue of wisdom with each other and increase recovery exponentially.”
Counseling Today
Addiction Essentials neatly summarizes the current state of addictions counseling. It contains information that all counselors should know about contemporary addictions counseling and information they should be able to communicate to clients and clients’ families about the nature of addiction and available treatments.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393706154
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/11/2011
  • Series: Go-To Guides Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 572
  • Sales rank: 667,012
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Carlton K. Erickson, Ph.D. is a distinguished Professor of Pharmacology/Toxicology, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Director of the Addiction Science Research and Education Center in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin, and an associate editor of the scientific journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. He is the recipient of the Nelson J. Bradley Award for Lifetime Achievement, given by the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1 Causes of Addiction 1

Chapter 2 Diagnosis of Drug Overuse and Mental Disorders Peter J. Pociluyko 11

Chapter 3 Alcohol, the Drink of All Ages 23

Chapter 4 Alcohol and Drug Interactions Mark Evan Goldman 31

Chapter 5 Drugs That Speed Us Up 37

Chapter 6 Drugs That Slow Us Down 45

Chapter 7 Drug Use and Abuse in Adolescents Mark Evan Goldman 53

Chapter 8 Visual and Behavioral Signs of Drug Abuse 62

Chapter 9 Gender and Cultural Differences in Drug Use Mark Evan Goldman 68

Chapter 10 Major Mental Illnesses Accompanying Drug Use Disorders Peter J. Pociluyko 75

Chapter 11 Personality Disorders and Drug Use Peter J. Pociluyko 88

Chapter 12 Medications for Enhanced Treatment of the Chemical Dependence Mark Evan Goldman 95

Chapter 13 Principles of Individual Therapy Peter J. Pociluyko 106

Chapter 14 Individual Therapies for Drug Use Disorders Peter J. Pociluyko 114

Chapter 15 Principles of Group Therapy Peter J. Pociluyko 126

Chapter 16 Group Therapies for Drug Use Disorders Peter J. Pociluyko 139

Chapter 17 Involvement of the Family Peter J. Pociluyko 152

Chapter 18 Relapse and Relapse Prevention 162

Appendix: Resources for Readers 169

References 176

Index 179

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    Highly Recommended

    Excellent coverage--very educational for professionals.

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