Loosening The Grip: A Handbook of Alcohol Information with HealthQuest 4.1 CD ROM and PowerWeb

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This text offers a thorough approach to understanding alcohol, its physical and psychological effects on an individual, and its emotional impact on the family. It is the only comprehensive, self-contained book intended to cover the range of psychological factors, physical complications, treatment options, and family concerns. The text is easy to read and covers a broad range of situations, making it suitable for academics, students, or families of alcoholics.
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Overview

This text offers a thorough approach to understanding alcohol, its physical and psychological effects on an individual, and its emotional impact on the family. It is the only comprehensive, self-contained book intended to cover the range of psychological factors, physical complications, treatment options, and family concerns. The text is easy to read and covers a broad range of situations, making it suitable for academics, students, or families of alcoholics.
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Reviewer: Daniel Loiterstein, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book on the treatment of alcohol dependence has been periodically updated since the first edition was published in 1978. Through the years unique elements, such as a CD- ROM, have been included.
Purpose: The intended purpose is to bring together the basic information that an alcohol treatment counselor or other professional would need to know in order to treat patients with problems related to alcohol. The authors clearly state that the purpose of the book is not to present original work, but to make a useful guide that incorporates many disciplines into one source. The field of alcohol and substance abuse treatment traverses many areas of study. This book successfully incorporates many ideas into one handbook. As the authors acknowledge in the preface, this is not a comprehensive book, "It is a starting point."
Audience: This book is targeted at alcohol counselors and other professionals involved with patients with alcohol related problems. The authors meet their goal in providing a practical handbook that can be used by a myriad of professionals. The primary author and the contributing authors have been at the forefront of alcohol treatment for decades.
Features: The handbook provides a complete overview of alcohol. This includes views from multiple disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, sociology, history, and psychology. In the margins are quotes and humorous cartoons that the authors use to lighten the mood. This is done appropriately and with good taste. The CD-ROM is a practical resource that helps the user to link to the World Wide Web and expand beyond the book. At the end of each chapter is a list of resources and further reading that includes descriptions.
Assessment: This unique guide to alcohol not only provides information, but also guides the reader through the overabundance of available resources to just the right one. It is appropriately updated and makes particular use of the Internet-based resources.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072552409
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xvii
Chapter 1. Alcohol 1
Once Upon A Time 2
Fermentation and Discovery of Distillation 3
Theories to Explain Alcohol Use 5
America's response to alcohol problems 9
Who drinks what, when, and where 21
Alcohol problems 25
Health care and alcohol 32
Resources and Further Reading 34
Chapter 2. Alcohol and the Body 40
Digestion 41
Absorption 41
Blood Alcohol Concentration 42
Breakdown and Removal 43
Alcohol's Acute Effects on the Body 45
Overdose and Toxicity 51
Differences in Women 51
Tolerance 53
Alcohol as an Anesthetic 54
Other Types of Alcohol 54
The Influence of Expectations 55
In Conclusion 56
References and Further Reading 56
Chapter 3. Alcohol Dependence 58
Natural History 67
Guides for Diagnosis 72
Resources and Further Reading 79
Chapter 4. Etiology of Alcohol Dependence 82
Public Health Model 83
The Agent 84
The Host--Genetic Factors 86
The Host--Personality and Psychological Makeup 95
The Environment--Sociological Factors 102
Resources and Further Reading 118
Chapter 5. Medical Complications 127
Part I. Advice for the Moderate Drinker 128
Part II. Medical Complications of Chronic Heavy Alcohol Use 132
Resources and Further Reading 178
Chapter 6. The Behavior of Dependence 184
A Behavioral Composite 185
How, if not Why? 186
Deteriorating Functioning 192
Family and Friends 193
Work 194
Resources and Further Reading 196
Chapter 7. Effects of Alcohol Problems on the Family 197
The "Family Illness" 198
The Family System 202
Children of Alcoholics 206
Alcohol dependence in other family members 214
Resources and Further Reading 214
Chapter 8. Evaluation and Treatment Overview 218
Theoretical Perspectives 220
Problems of Use 221
Screening and Evaluation 224
Substance Use History 237
What Next? 243
Treatment of Alcohol Problems and Alcohol Abuse 246
Treatment of Alcohol Dependence 255
Resources and Further Reading 274
Chapter 9. Treatment Techniques and Approaches 278
Individual Counseling 279
Group Work 289
Working with Families 293
Self-help 307
Other Approaches 322
Pharmacotherapy 336
Treatment Matching 339
Resources and Further Reading 341
Chapter 10. Special Populations 350
Adolescents 351
College Students 379
The Elderly 402
Women 422
The Workplace 437
Other Special Populations 442
Resources and Further Reading 444
Chapter 11. Other Psychiatric Considerations 449
Suicide Evaluation and Prevention 450
Mental Status Examination 455
Major Categories of Psychiatric Illness 456
Psychotropic Medications 469
Resources and Further Reading 477
Chapter 12. Drugs of Abuse Other than Alcohol 483
Drug Use Patterns 483
Social Costs 485
Public Perceptions and Public Policies 486
Basic Pharmacological Concepts 489
Classification Schemas for Substance of Abuse 497
Major Classes of Commonly Abused Drugs 500
Clinical Issues 533
Resources and Further Reading 544
Chapter 13. Odds 'N' Ends 552
Beyond Counseling 553
The Real World 564
Ethics 570
Counselors with "Two Hats" 577
Resources and Further Reading 581
Appendix A. North American Organizations in the Substance Abuse Field 587
Appendix B. The Interaction Effects of Alcohol with Other Drugs 609
Index 614
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