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Children's LiteratureSubstance related disorders are among the most prevalent of mental disorders in our society. Most people think of drugs and alcohol as the only substances that are abused. However such things as glue, caffeine, medication, nicotine, and inhalants are also highly abused. When a person becomes dependent on any of these substances it is defined as substance abuse. So how can a person with a dependence of these substances overcome it? Psychiatric drugs, behavioral therapy, and vocational education are a few of the treatments used. However, each person is different and the treatment must be tailored to meet the individual's needs. This book is very informative and educational on every area of substance abuse. The case studies cited in the book give examples of teens that have battled substance abuse. Teachers, guidance counselors, and teenagers would benefit from reading this book. This book is part of the series "Psychiatric Disorders: Drugs and Psychology for the Mind and Body." 2004, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 12 up.
—Cathi I. White