Addiction Treatment: Escaping the Trap

Overview

In the United States and Canada, millions of individuals have problems with substance abuse. In some cases the problems are relatively minor, but in others, that abuse leads to addiction. Addiction is a serious and costly disease.

In Addiction Treatment: Escaping the Trap, you will learn some definitions important in the study of addiction treatment. You will also learn about the history of addiction treatment, including the work and continuing influence of the Washingtonians, ...

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Overview

In the United States and Canada, millions of individuals have problems with substance abuse. In some cases the problems are relatively minor, but in others, that abuse leads to addiction. Addiction is a serious and costly disease.

In Addiction Treatment: Escaping the Trap, you will learn some definitions important in the study of addiction treatment. You will also learn about the history of addiction treatment, including the work and continuing influence of the Washingtonians, the Emmanuel Movement, the Oxford Movement, and of course, Alcoholics Anonymous.

Treatment philosophies are also presented in this book. Not all treatment methods are alike, and successful addiction treatment combines a variety of approaches. In Addiction Treatment, you will learn that recovery is an ongoing process, and read about suggestions on how to maintain a sober life.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Leis-Newman
While the basics of addiction are covered, librarians should choose another text to cover the ground of being unable to say no to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, especially if looking to provide help to teens facing addiction. The author, who appears to have been tossed into deep waters without much support from the series consultant or editor, veers between throwing out terms like cortisone and beta blockers but then uses clunky language like "the teenage years are a time of exploration. Adolescents learn about both themselves and the world around them." Even though it's attempting to speak at the level of its teenager reader, sentences like "it just makes sense" are less likely to get the reader nodding in agreement and more likely to get them to roll their eyes. The chapters cover the basics of what addiction is; a history of addiction treatment; the pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment of addiction and staying sober. It tries to personalize the material by using the somewhat questionable choice of pulling anonymous stories off of anonymousone.com. While one benefit is that the chapters lay out a lot of information, such as different types of treatment facilities (for example, outpatient versus short-term residential), librarians looking for reference materials for students should lean towards either toward more academic guides or the addiction books by someone such as Drew Pinsky. Some of the material, such as listing the twelve steps in Alcoholics Anonymous and the introduction letter by the series consultant, is repeated from other books in the "Illicit and Misused Drugs" series from Mason Crest. Like other books in the series, it could have used a stronger editorial vision in terms of the overall package. Additional components include a glossary, bibliography and further reading section. Reviewer: Elizabeth Leis-Newman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422224274
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.67 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 What is Addiction? 9

2 Addiction Treatment: A Brief History 35

3 Getting Help: Pharmacological Treatment of Addiction 65

4 Beyond Drugs: Nonpharmacological Treatment of Addiction 81

5 Staying Sober 107

Glossary 118

Further Reading 122

For More Information 123

Bibliography 124

Index 126

Picture Credits 127

Author/Consultant Biographies 128

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