Concise Guide to Treatment of Alcoholism and Addictions by Richard J. Frances PDF

The extensively revised edition of this easy-to-read, authoritative guide arms health care professionals in the trenches with the latest clinical and research wisdom in a convenient form-a pocket-sized yet comprehensive reference (part of the APPI's ongoing Concise Guides Series) packed with practical advice they can use every day. Intended to complement lengthier works on the same subject, this Concise Guide is grounded in both the central importance of the doctor-patient relationship and in the empirically based DSM-IV-TR, systematically detailing all definitions and disorders within the entire addiction section. It also presents the latest research findings, including epidemiology data, treatment recommendations that address the newest medications and psychosocial therapeutic modalities, and entirely new tables and references. Its relevance is further enhanced by the experience of all three authors, who treat addictions and their complications daily in both inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. Following an introduction to the general tenets, therapeutic alliance, and potential treatment abuses of substance use disorders, topics presented include: Magnitude of the problem-General epidemiology, polysubstance problems and underlying issues, and all substances addressed in DSM-IV-TR (e.g., alcohol, opioids, cannabis, and phencyclidine/ketamine) Developmental issues in the field-Disease concept, neurobiology, prevention, and treatment; definition, presentation, and diagnosis-nosology, general and specific definitions, polysubstance dependence, diagnosis, and psychiatric comorbidity Detecting and approaching substance abuse in the general hospital and workplace; laboratory findings and diagnostic instruments; natural histories of substance abuse, detailing all substances addressed in DSM-IV-TR Treatment approaches for substance use disorders-Abstinence, relapse, characteristic predictors of success, differential therap
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