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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: The final volume of the Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders reference provides detailed descriptions of the myriad of science-based interventions available for the treatment of addiction.
Purpose: The purpose is to take a comprehensive look at the wide variety of evidence-based treatments for addictions, including psychosocial intervention, pharmacological treatments, prevention strategies, public policy, and the provision of healthcare to this population.
Audience: Written for readers involved in research, public policy, or delivery of addiction treatments, the audience includes individuals at all educational and clinical levels as well as those involved in public policy related to addictive disorders. It can also serve as a valuable aid for instructors and students.
Features: The volume is divided into four sections that cover psychosocial/behavioral treatments, pharmacotherapy, applying science to clinical practice, and public policy. The book explores how the focus in treatment is shifting from personal familiarity and clinical experience to more evidence-based, cost-effective treatments. The chapters detail a wide range of interventions, from the traditional to the more innovative, and consider the evidence supporting them as well as the time lag between the development of new treatments and the barriers to their use in everyday practice by clinicians.
Assessment: This volume provides an in-depth, detailed review of the wide range of literature in this area and the practical application of the information presented in the first two volumes. This is an exceptional, comprehensive reference for all involved in the field.