Women and Addiction

Women and Addiction


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For many years, addiction research focused almost exclusively on men. Yet scientific awareness of sex and gender differences in substance use disorders has grown tremendously in recent decades. This volume brings together leading authorities to review the state of the science and identify key directions for research and clinical practice. Concise, focused chapters illuminate how biological and psychosocial factors influence the etiology and epidemiology of substance use disorders in women; their clinical presentation, course, and psychiatric comorbidities; treatment access; and treatment effectiveness. Prevalent substances of abuse are examined, as are issues facing special populations.

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  • Hardback | 526 pages
  • 177.8 x 259.08 x 35.56mm | 1,156.65g
  • Guilford Publications
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1606231073
  • 9781606231074
  • 1,338,570

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Kathleen T. Brady, MD, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she is Director of the Clinical Neuroscience Division, Director of the Women's Research Center, Director of the General Clinical Research Center, and Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research. Dr. Brady has been listed in "Best Doctors in America" since 1998. Sudie E. Back, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she is Associate Director of the Drug Abuse Research Training program for psychiatry residents. Her research focuses on substance use disorders, comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder, and gender. Shelly F. Greenfield, MD, MPH, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Chief Academic Officer at Mclean Hospital, and Director of Clinical and Health Services Research and Education in the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. She has been elected to the American College of Psychiatrists and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

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'An exceptional contribution. The breadth and depth of this book are impressive, with coverage of neurobiology, psychosocial models, epidemiology, and much more. The gender gap in the substance abuse literature has long been an issue, and this comprehensive work marks a leap forward. Readers will find much here to challenge old ideas and spark new ones. The 'Key Points' section in each chapter is especially helpful for those who want to quickly learn the gist of the science. Bravo to the editors and contributors for this truly fine work.' - Lisa M. Najavits, Boston University School of Medicine; Harvard Medical School; and National Center for PTSD, Boston VA Medical Center, USA

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