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From The CriticsReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This comprehensive guide to substance abuse treatment can be used as a reference because it covers so many areas, like an A-Z guide.
Purpose: According to the author, the book "strives to convey the immense complexity of substance abuse and substance dependence disorders woven through biological, psychological, and social environmental roots." The book meets the author's objectives.
Audience: According to the author, "this book will serve as a useful resource manual for all therapists." In my judgment, students could also be added to the target audience. The author is a credible authority.
Features: The book covers definitions, characteristics, and classifications of substances, stages of dependence and recovery, assessment, and treatment guidelines. This is a comprehensive guide to theory and intervention. It is a practical, step-by-step guide to helping clients suffering from substance abuse and dependence. The author provides forms you can use, which can be helpful to both the novice and seasoned therapist. This book is great because it covers all the pertinent areas in this field.
Assessment: I enjoyed this book because it has a great amount of information. If I could only afford one book in the substance abuse area, this is the one I would buy because it is comprehensive, easy to read, and gives specific treatment recommendations. It is an invaluable resource.