Handbook of Child and Adolescent Drug and Substance Abuse: Pharmacological, Developmental, and Clinical Considerations / Edition 1

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More than 90 percent of adults with current substance use disorders started using before age 18, engaging in behaviors that affect healthy neurological and psychological development. This handbook provides a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the nature and extent of substance use by children and adolescents. The authors examine the direct impact on health, safety, and well being, as well as that of families and communities. This book will enable mental health professionals, students, and policy makers to develop effective prevention and treatment services for children and adolescents affected by substance abuse.

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Reviewer: Adrienne Adams, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a comprehensive, in-depth review of drugs and substances of abuse used by children and adolescents throughout North America.
Purpose: The authors, recognized as experts in this field, have several key objectives for this handbook: first, to detail current research on the prevalence and characteristics of child and adolescent exposure to and use of drugs and substances of abuse in North America; second, to foster an understanding of substance abuse in children and adolescents from a developmental perspective incorporating the biological, psychological, and sociological theories thus providing a sound foundation for the etiology and assessment of drugs and substances of abuse in this population; and, ultimately, to create a reference that provides an unbiased and insightful guide to drug and substance use and abuse by children and adolescents.
Audience: The intended audience includes child and adolescent psychiatrists, general psychiatrists, family practitioners, psychiatric nurse practitioners, pediatricians, school nurses and counselors, juvenile justice workers, community mental health workers, pharmacists, midwives, educators, psychologists, and other mental health professionals who work with children and adults. It should be noted that although the authors foresee an extensive audience due to possible cultural or societal differences among different countries in North America, because of the limited role of midwives and pharmacists in clinical work with children and adolescents in the U.S., this book would not be as applicable to these two groups in this country.
Features: The first of the book's three sections discusses the foundation of the pharmacology of the three major classes of the drugs and substances of abuse (psychodepressants, psychostimulants, psychedelics) including their mechanisms of action, toxicities, physical and psychological dependence, and assimilated studies and reports demonstrating the prevalence and incidence of use. The focus of section two is on the clinical and developmental aspects of drugs and substances of abuse spanning the entire lifespan from in utero exposure through early adulthood. The first chapter in this section provides a theoretical explanation for substance use and abuse, and the second chapter is a thorough discussion of the clinical implications of drug exposure. The last chapter explains the effects of the drugs and substances of abuse on the developing brain. Each chapter includes tables and figures that nicely illustrate the topics. The third section concludes with more clinically relevant considerations including guidelines for assessment and treatment, comorbidities of psychopathology and substance abuse, and an insightful analysis of the stages of prevention. A reference section ends the book. The only drawback of this outstanding book is the lack of color art for the figures and tables to make them more eye-catching.
Assessment: This is a well-organized, easy-to-read, informative, and clinically relevant handbook that addresses the various aspects of drugs and substances of abuse from early exposure through clinical implications of abuse and dependence of substance use. Theoretical groundwork, assessment and treatment guidelines, clinically relevant studies, and a reference section make this an invaluable resource for all clinicians and educators. It significantly furthers and expands the understanding of drugs and substances of abuse in children and adolescents. It is an important addition to all libraries.
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Named CHOICE Outstanding Title for 2012
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470639061
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/13/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Louis A. Pagliaro is Codirector of the Substance Abusologyand Clinical Pharmacology Research Group. A registeredpsychologist, his area of specialty clinical practice is thetreatment of people who have substance use disorders, includingdual disorders. He consults widely as a forensic psychologist inthe area of psychotropic drug use.

Ann Marie Pagliaro is Codirector of the SubstanceAbusology and Clinical Pharmacology Research Group. Her specialtyarea of research is theory development and evaluation in regard toincreasing the understanding of why people use various substancesof abuse.

The Pagliaros have published over 300 professional scientificarticles, consulted extensively with numerous governmentalorganizations, and have published sixteen books, includingPagliaros' Comprehensive Guide to Drugs and Substances of Abuse,Second Edition.

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Table of Contents

Section I Introduction.

Chapter 1 The Nature and Extent of Substance Abuse.

Chapter 2 Explaining Substance Use: A Review of PrevalentTheories.

Section II Developmental Considerations.

Chapter 3 Prenatal Exposure to Substances of Abuse.

Chapter 4 Exposure and Use of Substances of Abuse During Infancyand Childhood.

Chapter 5   Adolescent Substance Use.

Section III Social Considerations.

Chapter 6 Effects of Substance Use on Learning and Memory.

Chapter 7 Substance-Related Accidents and Violence: Children andAdolescents as Victims.

Chapter 8 Substance-Related Violence: Children and Adolescentsas Perpetrators.

Chapter 9 Substance Use, and HIV Infection and AIDS.

Section lV Clinical Considerations.

Chapter 10 Identifying and Diagnosing Substance Use Disorders:Tools and Analysis.

Chapter 11 Dual Diagnoses: Substance Use and Co-OccurringDiagnosis.

Chapter 12 Preventing and Treating Substance Use Disorders:Promoting Successful Outcomes.

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