Pocket Guide to Addiction Assessment and Treatment

Pocket Guide to Addiction Assessment and Treatment

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Ambivalence, poor adherence to treatment, serious psychiatric and medical comorbidities -- the difficulties posed by patients of substance use disorders are among the most challenging for practitioners to face. Given that only 10% of patients with these disorders actually receive specialized addiction treatment, it's clear that physicians in all medical and surgical specialties need to become comfortable assessing and treating substance use disorders.The Pocket Guide to Addiction Assessment and Treatment is designed specifically to aid a wide range of clinicians, regardless of their training in addiction, to more confidently assess and treat this patient population.The book's practical, actionable content is divided into three sections -- Fundamentals of Addiction, Substances and Behaviors, and Treatment -- that address topics including:  The neurobiology of addiction How to recognize and treat intoxication, withdrawal from, and addiction to substances such as alcohol, anabolic-androgenic steroids, benzodiazepines, cannabis, opioids, stimulants, and tobacco, as well as hallucinogens, inhalants, and caffeine Special issues with psychiatric and medical comorbidities, as well as with specific populations Behavioral addictions, with a special focus on gambling disorder Cognitive-behavioral therapy; 12-step programs; nutrition and exercise; spirituality, mindfulness, and meditation; and other treatment options, with examples of how each can be used with patients facing addictions With an accessible, easily referenced format, the Pocket Guide to Addiction Assessment and Treatment serves as a go-to resource for general psychiatrists, internists, family practitioners, pediatricians, emergency medicine physicians, psychiatric nurses, residents, medical students, and other practitioners involved in the addiction treatment field. And because all of the diagnostic discussions are DSM-5 (R)--based, readers can be confident that they're getting the most relevant and up-to-date guidance on the topic.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 379 pages
  • 114 x 206 x 13mm | 313g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 9 Charts; 5 Figures; 40 Tables, unspecified
  • 1585625124
  • 9781585625123
  • 515,159

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The editors of this book have in my view achieved most of their stated purpose. They have produced a concise yet broad ranging treatment of the topic of addiction, but it does require readers to have at least a degree of assumed knowledge. In that regard, one could speculate that part of their stated target group, medical students and allied health readers, might find the density of the writing off-putting.This is a 335-page book which can physically fit in to a back pocket, but other than the introductory chapters, will lend itself more to use as a reference for specific topics, and reside on a bookshelf. An Australian readership is unlikely to find the statistics regarding US drug use patterns and prevalence of assistance.Having aired those reservations about the complete achievement of the editors' ambitions, I would still recommend this book as a reference, a very useful addition to the medical library of Australian health practitioners. Its strengths outweigh its limitations. I would suggest that for medically trained readers its value would be obvious in emergency departments, detoxification centres, general practice and to general practice registrars. -- Ken Hazelton, Orange, Australia * Drug and Alcohol Review *show more

About Petros Levounis

Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A., is Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and Chief of Service at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey.Erin Zerbo, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey.Rashi Aggarwal, M.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey.show more

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Substance use disorders can be among the most difficult and vexing to treat. What is a clinician to do? The Pocket Guide to Addiction Assessment and Treatment is designed to help a wide range of clinicians more confidently face this challenge, regardless of their experience with substance addiction. Twenty concise chapters accessibly address a broad spectrum of topics, including the fundamentals of addiction; specific substances and addictive behaviors, including gambling disorder; and treatment approaches, including special issues with psychiatric and medical comorbidities. With its practical, easily referenced format, this guide is the perfect companion for the on-the-go medical practitioner.show more

Table of contents

ContributorsPrefacePART I: Fundamentals of AddictionChapter 1. Neurobiology of Addiction: From Reward to Relief: The Complex Neuroadaptations Underlying AddictionChapter 2. Addiction Assessment Across Settings of Care: Approaches for the Twenty-First-CenturyChapter 3. DSM-5 Diagnosis and ToxicologyPART II: Substances and BehaviorsChapter 4. AlcoholChapter 5. Anabolic-Androgenic SteroidsChapter 6. BenzodiazepinesChapter 7. CaffeineChapter 8. CannabisChapter 9. Hallucinogens and Dissociative DrugsChapter 10. InhalantsChapter 11. OpioidsChapter 12. StimulantsChapter 13. TobaccoChapter 14. Behavioral Addictions: Focus on Gambling DisorderPART III: TreatmentChapter 15. Cognitive-Behavioral TherapyChapter 16. Relapse PreventionChapter 17. Motivational InterviewingChapter 18. Twelve-Step Programs and SpiritualityChapter 19. Mindfulness and MentalizationChapter 20. Diet and ExerciseIndexshow more