An up-to-date guide to the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of addictions.
Whether it’s to caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol, many of us suffer from at least one addiction. Carlton K. Erickson presents a comprehensive overview of the various types of addictionscovering both substance and nonsubstance addictions such as gambling, Internet use, and video gamesand their diagnosis and treatment. This book sheds light upon the biological and environmental factors that cause addiction, reviews the various types of substance and nonsubstance addictions, and offers clinicians and patients hope for recovery.
Erickson examines alcohol, drugs that speed us up, drugs that slow us down, and how to recognize addictive behaviorsuch as exercise and videogame addictionwhich may be less obvious. Other topics covered include alcohol and other drug pharmacology, neurophysiology of brain pathways, alcohol and drug interactions, adolescent drug use, drug use differences by gender and culture, and visual signs of drug use. Erickson presents various therapeutic methods for addressing addiction, including pharmacological interventions, individual or group therapy, twelve-step programs, and therapy involving family members. Finally, he reflects on the involvement of family and the risks and consequences of relapse.
Written by one of the country’s leading addiction specialists, this accessible, comprehensive book, is a go-to reference for your questions about addiction, and a friendly introduction to the diagnosis and treatment options.
About the Author
Carlton K. Erickson, Ph.D. is a distinguished Professor of Pharmacology/Toxicology, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Director of the Addiction Science Research and Education Center in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin, and an associate editor of the scientific journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. He is the recipient of the Nelson J. Bradley Award for Lifetime Achievement, given by the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Causes of Addiction 1
Chapter 2 Diagnosis of Drug Overuse and Mental Disorders Peter J. Pociluyko 11
Chapter 3 Alcohol, the Drink of All Ages 23
Chapter 4 Alcohol and Drug Interactions Mark Evan Goldman 31
Chapter 5 Drugs That Speed Us Up 37
Chapter 6 Drugs That Slow Us Down 45
Chapter 7 Drug Use and Abuse in Adolescents Mark Evan Goldman 53
Chapter 8 Visual and Behavioral Signs of Drug Abuse 62
Chapter 9 Gender and Cultural Differences in Drug Use Mark Evan Goldman 68
Chapter 10 Major Mental Illnesses Accompanying Drug Use Disorders Peter J. Pociluyko 75
Chapter 11 Personality Disorders and Drug Use Peter J. Pociluyko 88
Chapter 12 Medications for Enhanced Treatment of the Chemical Dependence Mark Evan Goldman 95
Chapter 13 Principles of Individual Therapy Peter J. Pociluyko 106
Chapter 14 Individual Therapies for Drug Use Disorders Peter J. Pociluyko 114
Chapter 15 Principles of Group Therapy Peter J. Pociluyko 126
Chapter 16 Group Therapies for Drug Use Disorders Peter J. Pociluyko 139
Chapter 17 Involvement of the Family Peter J. Pociluyko 152
Chapter 18 Relapse and Relapse Prevention 162
Appendix: Resources for Readers 169
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