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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is an updated English-language version of a well-established comprehensive German book on alcohol and nicotine addiction.
Purpose: The authors present their extensive combined experience with the past 30 years of scientific findings in a way that they can be integrated into the daily practice of consultation and treatment of patients with alcohol and tobacco related problems.
Audience: The book is written for all professionals, clinicians, researchers, and students involved in or interested in the care and treatment of alcohol and nicotine addicted patients.
Features: "Ten sections cover an array of topics, starting with an overview of the disease of addiction, moving on to the psychosociobiological model of alcohol and tobacco dependence. The authors take a detailed look at various diagnostic classifications, typologies, and dimensions of addiction, as well as detection technologies for alcohol and tobacco addiction. They then consider a variety of therapeutic strategies, reviewing the wide array of pharmacotherapies for detoxification, withdrawal syndromes, and relapse prevention, in addition to a detailed review of sociotherapy. "
Assessment: This is a comprehensive account of the different interactions among personality, environment, and effects of the substance and biology on addiction. It covers at prevention-based therapies, diagnosis, psychological and sociological strategies, and medication-based therapies in extensive detail. This is an excellent reference and a must read for individuals in this field.