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Understanding Drugs of Abuse: The Processes of Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery is designed to bring the everyday reader face-to-face with drugs of abuse and addiction. Through frank, no-nonsense, explanations of the stimulants, depressants, psychedelics, and inhalants, this accessible guide will help the reader to understand how drugs of abuse affect thinking, behavior, perceptions, and emotions. It also examines the effects addiction has on the family. Understanding Drugs of Abuse: The Processes of Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery demystifies the treatment process by explaining what types of treatment are available, what actually happens during treatment and what patients and their families can expect during the treatment process. The book also describes the recovery process and will help people identify good recovery - as well as recognize poor recovery and the warning signs of relapse. Perhaps most important, Understanding Drugs of Abuse: The Processes of Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery explains how friends and family can intervene when someone they love does not want help. Because the use of prescribed medications people with substance use disorders can be misunderstood or even be dangerous, this book presents practical information about medications and recovery. It also explores the unique problems of adolescents who are addicted, as well as people with the dual disorders of a psychiatric and substance use disorder. Understanding Drugs of Abuse: The Processes of Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery will also help the reader understand the role of genetics and other influences on addiction to alcohol, the most widely abused drug of all.

Describes specific drugs, intervention/recovery processes, adolescent addiction, medication, alcoholism, resources, etc

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Editorial Reviews

The author draws on his eight years with the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinics in San Francisco and other professional experience developing protocols for the treatment of substance use and psychiatric disorders. His explanations are for concerned lay readers. A listing of resources is included, but no bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

Professionals should scrutinize this volume as a resource for patients, families, and friends. This lucid guide for a lay audience covers basic principles of addiction, reviews various classes of drugs, and presents a comprehensive guide to treatment. Included are chapters on dual diagnosis and adolescent addiction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880485333
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Mim J. Landry is a medical writer specializing in addiction and psychiatry. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, the Journal of Psychiatric Research, the Journal of the American Board of Family Practice, Family Practice Recertification, and California Nursing Review. He is a co-author of The New Drugs: Lookalikes, Designer Drugs, and Drugs of Deception.

Mr. Landry was the Director of the Training and Education Project at the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinics in San Francisco where he worked for eight years. Mr. Landry is the Director of Editorial Services for Danya International, a Silver Spring, Maryland health communications company. In this capacity, he develops educational materials for healthcare professionals, such as online courses and similar products regarding substance abuse treatment and prevention, mental health treatment, and public health.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
About the Author
Introduction to Part One: Pharmacologic Aspects of Addiction 1
Ch. 1 Basic Principles of Drug Use 7
Ch. 2 The Stimulant Drugs 28
Ch. 3 The Depressant Drugs 54
Ch. 4 The Psychedelic Drugs 86
Ch. 5 The Inhalants 112
Introduction to Part Two: Treating Addiction: From Intervention to Recovery 125
Ch. 6 The Treatment Process 131
Ch. 7 The Recovery Process 157
Ch. 8 Defense Mechanisms: Living With Trauma 191
Ch. 9 The Intervention Process 219
Ch. 10 Adolescent Addiction 250
Ch. 11 Dual Diagnoses: Dual Disorders 269
Ch. 12 Treatment, Recovery, and Medication 287
Ch. 13 A Special Look at Alcoholism 313
Final Thoughts 341
Appendix: Resources 343
Index 359
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2003

    From the Author

    I wrote this book for two broad audiences and purposes. First, it is intended to provide useful information to lay but informed readers who want to understand the drugs of abuse and the addiction and treatment processes. Second, it can be used as a textbook in a university addiction studies program and as a reference guide to the drugs of abuse and the processes of addiction, treatment, and recovery. One of the things that fueled my interest to write the book is the fact that there are many poorly-researched and highly-opinionated books on substance abuse-related issues. I made an intense effort to ensure that this book was research-based, heavily referenced, objective, and helpful. The first half of the book focuses on the drugs of abuse, how they work, and how they affect biological, psychological, and social functioning. It was written in part to answer such frequently-asked questions as "How does this drug work?" and "Is this drug addictive?" The second half of the book provides a good description of the addiction process, and walks the reader through the treatment and recovery processes. It also provides additional attention to such issues as individuals with coexisting psychiatric and substance use disorders, genetics and alcoholism, and adolescent addiction. Throughout, this book helps the reader to understand that addiction, treatment, recovery, and even relapse are all dynamic biopsychosocial processes.

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