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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nishad J. Nadkarni, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book, edited by two psychologists with a significant amount of combined research and clinical experience within the field of addictions, is a compilation of the contemporary thinking of many addiction specialists.
Purpose: In contrast to what has historically been a largely clinically based field, the editors of this source book attempt to integrate research findings within the study of addictions in order to provide a more comprehensive model of alcohol and drug abuse treatment. By espousing this integrative approach, the editors feel this subject may be broached with greater depth than it has been in the past.
Audience: This book is written with graduate level practitioners and trainees of psychology, medicine, social work, and public health in mind. Also, certain clusters of chapters are appropriate for policy-makers involved in the study of the economics and other global implications of drug abuse.
Features: The editors organize the book into seven "clusters" or parts, each consisting of up to seven chapters. In each cluster contributors cover a circumscribed area of interest within addictions. Thus, each cluster could potentially stand alone. Each chapter is written by one or more authors with expertise in their respective areas, and summary tables of statistical and other pertinent information are presented in a clear manner. The index is particularly comprehensive and useful. End-of-chapter bibliographical information is generally exhaustive although somewhat out-of-date in some cases.
Assessment: This book represents a comprehensive sourcebook for diverse practitioners within the field of addictions. The editors succeed admirably in their goal of integrating research findings and clinical data in a field notable for a paucity of such integrative approaches.