Integrative mental healthcare:
•is a person-centered approach that emphasizes maintaining optimal health and wellness
•takes into account the symptoms, preferences and circumstances of each unique person
•focuses on treating symptoms not disorders
•uses conventional mainstream approaches like medications and psychotherapy, and complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies like herbal medicines and acupuncture
•uses the best available research evidence to develop an individualized treatment plan
Alcohol and Drug Abuse: The Integrative Mental Health Solution
is filled with practical information about safe, effective and affordable treatments including:
•herbals, vitamins and other natural supplements
•whole body approaches
•meditation and mind-body practices
•light, sound and other established energy therapies
•subtle energy therapies
Alcohol and Drug Abuse: The Integrative Mental Health Solution includes extensive hyperlinks within the text, and links to valuable internet resources to give you the maximum amount of information in the shortest amount of time.
Alcohol and Drug Abuse: The Integrative Mental Health Solution will help you
•Understand your symptoms of substance abuse better
•Take inventory of your symptoms
•Learn about a variety of non-medication approaches for treating symptoms of alcohol or drug abuse
•Develop a customized treatment plan that makes sense for you
•Re-evaluate your treatment plan and make changes if your initial plan doesn’t work
Treatment approaches are summarized in easy-to-read bullets so you can easily find key information on a variety of treatment choices, including:
•Name of treatment and category (biological, whole-body, mind-body and energetic)
•How the treatment works (comments on the mechanism of action where known)
•Dosages (for natural supplements) or frequency or duration of use to achieve beneficial effects (for whole body, mind-body or energy approaches)
•Examples of safe and effective combinations with other treatments
•Comments and warnings about adverse effects and particular treatment combinations that may be unsafe and should be avoided
•Duration of treatment needed to achieve beneficial results (where known)
"Dr. Lake presents an Integrative Solution with a difference. People who are struggling with their alcohol and other drug use may wish to utilize a wider range of treatments than those traditionally used. In this book, Dr. Lake provides clear and concise advice based on his deep understanding of the medical evidence. This book will allow people to better engage in their own health care and their own treatment planning, integrating whole body, mindfulness and energy work with their more traditional health care provider’s treatment plan.
This book is a valuable tool for people who wish an integrative approach as they struggle with addiction, and I can think of no better consultant for those on this journey than Dr. James Lake."
Kelly J. Clark, MD, DFAPA, FASAM, President-Elect, American Society of Addiction Medicine
"Addictions and substance abuse can be a very difficult problem to address. Dr Lake has combined his encyclopedic knowledge of the current science with practical advice to simplify the options for anyone struggling with these challenging issues. I particularly like his rating system for treatments that makes it much easier to know what is reasonable, safe and effective. Very helpful resource."
Scott Shannon, MD author of Parenting the Whole Child
About the Author
Dr. Lake is a Board certified psychiatrist in private practice in Monterey, California. He has chaired symposia and workshops at APA meetings and other national and international conferences on non-conventional and integrative mental health care. Dr. Lake has served as a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Stanford, and is currently a visiting assistant professor of medicine at University of Arizona School of Medicine, Center for Integrative Medicine. He founded and chaired the American Psychiatric Association’s Caucus on Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Mental Health Care from 2004 through 2010 and was appointed to a special APA Task Force on CAM and integrative medicine. He is currently co-chair of the working group on integrative mental health in the Consortium on Academic Healthcare Centers in Integrative Medicine, and is a founding member and former chair of the International Network of Integrative Mental Health. Dr. Lake has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on integrative medicine and psychiatry. He contributes a regular column on integrative mental health care to Psychiatric Times, and serves on the editorial review boards of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Journal of the Association for Advances in Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, and Jour of Clinical Psychiatry. Dr. Lake is the author or editor of four textbooks on integrative mental health: Chinese Medical Psychiatry: A Clinical Manual, (with Bob Flaws), Blue Poppy Press, 2000; Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care, Thieme, 2006; and Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care (co-edited with David Spiegel), American Psychiatric Press, 2007; Integrative Mental Health Care: A Therapist’s Handbook, Norton, 2009; and a series of ebooks titled The Integrative Mental Health Solution. Long-standing interests include the role of culture in mental illness, the philosophy and history of medicine, and the role of consciousness and intentionality in healing.