Early Detection and Treatment of Substance Abuse within Integrated Primary Care / Edition 1

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Overview

Substance abuse is a major public health concern, affecting millions of people in the United States. Alcoholism and drug addiction often result in severe health problems for substance abusers. Families suffer, substance-related crime claims victims, and, most tragically, impaired driving accidents result in the deaths of thousands of innocent individuals each year. Clearly, the treatment of these problems is a major concern for our society.

Most patients with substance abuse problems present in primary care settings, oftentimes with other complaints. When professionals, working in primary or integrated care settings, know what to look for and healthcare systems can respond with effective triage, it is possible to implement substance-abuse treatment programs early. These interventions dramatically improve health outcomes and create significant financial benefits for suffers and the community at large. This volume, the work of a number of leading scholars, presents a coherent framework through which primary care establishments can implement this kind of life-saving early detection and treatment of substance-abuse problems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878978479
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Healthcare Utilization and Cost Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 195
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Cummings, PhD, is distinguished professor emeritus of clinical psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and president of the Cummings Foundation for Behavioral Health.

Melanie P. Duckworth, PhD, is associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Kyle Ferguson, is pursuing a PhD in psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received a master's degree in behavior analysis from Southern Illinois University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Alberta.

William T. O'Donohue, PhD, is Nicholas Cummings Professor of Organized Behavioral Healthcare Delivery, adjunct professor of philosophy, and adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Contributing Authors xi
Chapter 1 Primary Care: An Entry Point for the Detection and Treatment of Substance Abuse 17
Chapter 2 Turning Bread Into Stones: Our Modern Antimiracle 33
Chapter 3 Who is the Substance Abuser? 49
Chapter 4 Presenting Problems: Different Tugs from Different Drugs 63
Chapter 5 Substance Abuse Treatment within Primary Care: Frontline Detection and Intervention 93
Chapter 6 Issues in Addressing Substance Abuse in Primary Care 111
Chapter 7 Early Detection and Treatment of Alcoholism in Primary Care 121
Chapter 8 Opportunities for Improved Detection and Treatment of Alcohol Misuse: Using Behavioral Health Consultants in Primary Care 133
Chapter 9 Late Life Alcoholism in Primary Care 153
Chapter 10 Early Detection and Treatment of Prescription Drug Abuse in Primary Care 169
Chapter 11 Integrating Behavioral Interventions for Smoking into Primary Care 181
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