Almost Addicted: Is My (or My Loved One's) Drug Use a Problem?

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Is your pot smoking hindering your relationships? Do you feel just a tad too dependent on your prescription pain pills? This book will help you assess your drug use-or your loved one's-and evaluate its impact on relationships, work, and personal well-being.

Most people who abuse illegal drugs don't fit the image of the dysfunctional, hustling addict. At one end of the drug-use spectrum are abstainers; at the other are those with a diagnosable substance use disorder. The gray ...

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Overview

Is your pot smoking hindering your relationships? Do you feel just a tad too dependent on your prescription pain pills? This book will help you assess your drug use-or your loved one's-and evaluate its impact on relationships, work, and personal well-being.

Most people who abuse illegal drugs don't fit the image of the dysfunctional, hustling addict. At one end of the drug-use spectrum are abstainers; at the other are those with a diagnosable substance use disorder. The gray zone in between, says J. Wesley Boyd of Harvard Medical School, includes the "almost addicted": people whose regular use is harming their quality of life, although it falls short of the criteria for substance abuse or dependence. Whether their drug of choice is legal or illegal, an upper or a hallucinogen, these users often don't see its full effects in their lives.

In this book, Dr. Boyd and writer Eric Metcalf give readers the tools to identify their drug use patterns, evaluate the true impacts, develop goals and strategies for abstaining or cutting back, measure their results, and make informed decisions about next steps, including getting professional help if needed.

The Almost Effect™ series presents books written by Harvard Medical School faculty and other experts who offer guidance on common behavioral and physical problems falling in the spectrum between normal health and a full-blown medical condition. These are the first publications to help general readers recognize and address these problems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616491017
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 941,903
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


J. Wesley Boyd, MD, PhD, is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He also has staff duties at Boston Children’s Hospital and teaches and gives lectures at Cambridge Health Alliance and other institutions. Boyd has written articles for the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Time.com.

Eric Metcalf, MPH, is an Indianapolis-based medical writer, editor, and health educator. He has authored or contributed to dozens of books on health and fitness, including the best-selling Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies line and other popular book franchises. He has also contributed to several magazines, including Prevention and Better Homes and Gardens, and health websites, such as Health.com. He has a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri–Columbia and a master’s in public health.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword: The Almost Effect ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Almost Addicted: The Basics 1

Part 1 A Problem Emerges from the Shadows 17

Chapter 1 Almost Addiction, but Very Much a Concern 19

Chapter 2 Why Should I Change? 39

Part 2 The Roots of Almost Addiction 65

Chapter 3 Almost Addiction: When the Past Influences the Present 67

Chapter 4 Double Trouble: Almost Addiction and Mental Health Issues 87

Part 3 Catching and Confronting Almost Addiction in Others 111

Chapter 5 Recognizing an Invisible Problem 113

Chapter 6 Confronting and Solving a Loved One's Almost Addiction 135

Chapter 7 Unsafe at Any Age: Almost Addicted Across the Life Span 159

Part 4 Solutions for Your Almost Addiction 187

Chapter 8 Time for a Change: Helping Yourself 189

Chapter 9 Time for a Change: Getting Help from Others 211

Chapter 10 After Almost Addiction-Now What? Living without Drugs 235

Notes 251

About the Authors 263

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