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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael S. Goldsby, PhD, CCRP (Family Psychiatry of The Woodlands)
Description: This is a timely and comprehensive handbook of the supporting science and current treatment options for women with substance addiction problems. Scholarly authors contribute a wealth of clinical, research, and academic experience in a collaborative effort to provide authoritative coverage in 30 chapters.
Purpose: The purpose is to highlight the current findings in the field of addiction research on women and to synthesize the findings of recent studies of gender differences in substance use disorders. The book also is intended as a foundation for understanding the importance of substance abuse disorders in women's lives, and how sex and gender likely moderate all aspects of the addiction process.
Audience: Substance abuse counselors, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and clinicians specializing in women's issues, as well as graduate students and researchers, will find this book useful. Readers should have a clinical and/or professional psychiatric/psychological practitioner background with a solid understanding of the DSM-IV and comorbid psychiatric illnesses.
Features: Chapters are grouped into seven sections that include an overview of the field and cover biological issues in woman's addiction, co-occurring psychiatric disorders, treatment outcomes, women and specific substances of abuse, special populations, and social and policy issues as they affect women with substance use disorders. One of the unique features is the "Key Points" section at the end of each chapter which allows readers to quickly grasp important details. The content is presented in a traditional scholarly fashion, and professionals and graduate students in the field will no doubt benefit from the format.
Assessment: This is a truly remarkable book and a defining benchmark for the quickly growing field of studies of women and addiction. This is a go-to reference for anyone interested in the current science, research, and treatment for addiction as it applies to women. It does a remarkable job of advancing the collective, research-based, and clinical knowledge of gender-specific issues in addiction.