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ADDICTION TREATMENT covers the biological, psychological, and social aspects of alcoholism, eating disorders, compulsive gambling, and other addictions. First-person narratives about the experience of addiction provide you a realism and depth of study not commonly found in textbooks. In addition, you will study topics that interest you, such as the case against so-called underage drinking laws, to show you the importance of reducing the harm of any addictive behavior.
"The author writes in an organized and logical way making the material very accessible and understandable for students…I have and will continue to use this textbook for courses that I teach at both college and university levels."
"I have used this text for more than three years and have had dozens of students tell me that it forever changed the way that they interact with their clients. Others have taken research based concepts to their agencies, resulting in policy and practice change that has enhanced client success. Transformation of the field is what this text is about. It is what I have been waiting for."
Ted R. Watkins
It presents addictions treatment from a truly contemporary perspective, not burdened with the traditions, vested interests and biases that have inhibited our forward movement for years. The authors have taken a courageous stance throughout the book.
—Southwest Texas State University
This is an excellent piece of work. The book puts it all together, and delivers on its promise...The book's bio-psycho-social theoretical base is sound, and examines addictions on all three levels...and the harm reduction orientation (which is the book's unique accent) addresses the essential core of addiction treatment: the spiritual quest that no harm comes to another.
—University of British Columbia
I consider the text well written, thorough, comprehensive...timely and pertinent to the present developments in the field of AOD treatment.
—Ferris State University
Van Wormer (University of Northern Iowa) and Davis (Eastern Washington University) describe the biology, psychology, and social aspects of addiction in this textbook prepared for courses on substance misuse. They consider harm reduction therapy as an alternative to strict abstinence for some patients seeking help with alcohol or drug problems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Dr. Katherine van Wormer has taught in departments of social work and criminal justice at the University of Northern Iowa and has over twenty years of experience in teaching and public service. Dr. van Wormer was actively involved in civil rights movements in North Carolina and Northern Ireland. She has practiced substance abuse counseling for four and a half years, including two in Norway. Dr. van Wormer has been publishing texts, book chapters, and articles for over twenty years. In addition to ADDICTION TREATMENT: A STRENGTHS PERSPECTIVE, she has published INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WELFARE AND SOCIAL WORK: THE U.S. IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE and seven other books, including two on female offenders and victims and one on the nature of oppression. She has received several honors, including the McKay Faculty Research Award from the University of Northern Iowa.
Diane Rae Davis, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Social Work and Human Services at Eastern Washington University. She teaches a variety of substance misuse and practice courses in the MSW program and has researched and written extensively on addiction and the recovery process. Current research includes an online survey for women in recovery from compulsive gambling.
Part 1: INTRODUCTION. 1. The Nature of Addiction. 2. Historical Perspectives. 3. Strengths-Based Helping Strategies. Part 2: THE BIOLOGY OF ADDICTION. 4. Substance Misuse, Dependence, and the Body. 5. Interventions Related to Biology. Part 3: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ADDICTION. 6. Addiction Across the Life Span. 7. Eating Disorders, Gambling, Shopping, and Other Behavioral Addictions. 8. Substance Misuse with a Coexisting Disorder or Disability. Part 4: SOCIAL ASPECTS OF ADDICTION. 9. Family Risks and Resiliencies. 10. Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Issues. 11. Gender and Sexual Orientation Differences. 12. Mutual-Help Groups: A Strengths Perspective. 13. Public Policy.