Handbook of Addictive Disorders: A Practical Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment / Edition 1

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The most comprehensive source for the latest research and practice techniques for diagnosing and treating addictive disorders

"This book brings together an array of international experts on addictive disorders. Robert Coombs's Handbook of Addictive Disorders discusses the contemporary issues surrounding the understanding of addiction, from diagnosis to treatment of an addicted client. The Handbook of Addictive Disorders is an example of practical and clinical information at its best."
-Lorraine D. Grymala, Executive DirectorAmerican Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders

The Handbook of Addictive Disorders: A Practical Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art resource, featuring valuable contributions from a multidisciplinary team of leading experts. This unique guide deftly defines addiction and examines its comorbidity with other problems. Subsequent chapters present an overview of addictive disorders coupled with strategies for accurately diagnosing them, planning effective treatment, and selecting appropriate interventions. Chapters on public policy and prevention are of indispensable value in light of this growing health concern.

The only reference available to cover the full spectrum of addictions and addictive behaviors, the Handbook of Addictive Disorders provides the most current research and treatment strategies for overcoming:

  • Chemical dependency
  • Workaholism
  • Compulsive gambling
  • Eating disorders
  • Sex addiction
  • Compulsive buying
This useful guide features case studies, figures and diagrams, lists of practical interventions for each disorder, and self-assessment exercises for clients.

Psychologists, addiction counselors, social workers, and others working in the addictions field will find the Handbook of Addictive Disorders to be an essential resource for practical, validated information on all types of addictions and their related problems.

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“…an engaging and thought-provoking book…” (Journal of Mental Health, Vol.14, No.1, February 2005)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471235026
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/2/2004
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 531,406
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 10.33 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Holman Coombs, PhD, CAS, is Professor of Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Society, and the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology. A member of the International Certification Advisory Committee of the American Academy of Healthcare Providers in the Addictive Disorders, he is the author or editor of eighteen books. He also serves as a series editor for Wiley’s Treating Addictions series.

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Table of Contents


1. The Nature of Addiction (David E. Smith and Richard B.Seymour).

2. Addiction Interaction Disorder (Patrick J. Carnes, Robert E.Murray, and Louis Charpentier).


3. Understanding and Diagnosing Substance Use Disorders (ArthurW. Blume).

4. Treating Substance Use Disorders (Jeanne L. Obert, AhndreaWeiner, Janice Stimson, and Richard A. Rawson).


5. Understanding and Diagnosing Compulsive Gambling (LindaChamberlain).

6. Treating Compulsive and Problem Gambling (William G.McCown).


7. Understanding and Diagnosing Sex Addiction (Jennifer P.Schneider).

8. Treating Sex Addiction (Robert Weiss).


9. Understanding and Diagnosing Eating Disorders (David M.Garner and Anna Gerborg).

10. Treating Eating Disorders (Jean Petrucelli).


11. Understanding and Diagnosing Workaholism (Bryan E. Robinsonand Claudia Flowers).

12. Treating Workaholism (Steven Berglas).


13. Understanding and Diagnosing Compulsive Buying (HelgaDittmar).

14. Treating Compulsive Buying (April Lane Benson and MarieGengler).


15. Public Policy on Addictive Disorders (Beau Kilmer and RobertJ. MacCoun).

16. Preventing Addictive Disorders (Kenneth W. Griffin andGilbert J. Botvin).

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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