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Almost Addicted will help you assess your or your loved one's drug use and evaluate its impact on relationships, work, and personal well-being.
Do you think your pot smoking is hindering your relationships? Does it feel as if you're just a tad too dependent on the pills your doctor prescribed for pain? Almost Addicted will help you assess your or your loved one's drug use and evaluate its impact on relationships, work, and personal well-being.Most people who abuse illegal drugs don't fit the image of the dysfunctional, hustling addict who can't fit into normal society. Between the estimated 10 percent of the population who are true addicts and those who don't use drugs at all falls a group of regular drug users who oftentimes don't realize how much their use is affecting their daily lives.According to J. Wesley Boyd, MD, of Harvard Medical School, and Eric Metcalf, MPH, these people are almost addicted. Whether their drug of choice is legal or illegal, an upper or a hallucinogen, an almost addicts' drug use is negatively impacting their quality of lifebut falls short of meeting the diagnostic criteria for substance abuse or dependence.For the first time, Boyd and Metcalf describe what it is to be almost addicted and provide almost addicts and their loved ones with the knowledge and guidance to address and evaluate their condition. In this book, readers will find the tools toidentify and assess their patterns of drug use;evaluate its impact on relationships, work, and personal well-being;develop strategies and goals for abstaining from or cutting back on drugs;measure the results of applying these strategies; andmake informed decisions about next steps, including getting professional help if needed.
About the Author
J. Wesley Boyd, MD, PhD, is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He also has staff duties at Boston Children’s Hospital and teaches and gives lectures at Cambridge Health Alliance and other institutions. Boyd has written articles for the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Time.com.Eric Metcalf, MPH, is an Indianapolis-based medical writer, editor, and health educator. He has authored or contributed to dozens of books on health and fitness, including the best-selling Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies line and other popular book franchises. He has also contributed to several magazines, including Prevention and Better Homes and Gardens, and health websites, such as Health.com. He has a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s in public health.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword: The Almost Effect ix
Introduction: Almost Addicted: The Basics 1
Part 1 A Problem Emerges from the Shadows 17
Chapter 1 Almost Addiction, but Very Much a Concern 19
Chapter 2 Why Should I Change? 39
Part 2 The Roots of Almost Addiction 65
Chapter 3 Almost Addiction: When the Past Influences the Present 67
Chapter 4 Double Trouble: Almost Addiction and Mental Health Issues 87
Part 3 Catching and Confronting Almost Addiction in Others 111
Chapter 5 Recognizing an Invisible Problem 113
Chapter 6 Confronting and Solving a Loved One's Almost Addiction 135
Chapter 7 Unsafe at Any Age: Almost Addicted Across the Life Span 159
Part 4 Solutions for Your Almost Addiction 187
Chapter 8 Time for a Change: Helping Yourself 189
Chapter 9 Time for a Change: Getting Help from Others 211
Chapter 10 After Almost Addiction-Now What? Living without Drugs 235
About the Authors 263