Drug Addiction and its Treatment

Paperback | February 5, 2004

byMichael Gossop

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Few problems are as complicated as drug misuse. Drug addiction is a major public health issue with implications for healthcare systems and society at large. As well as expenditure on prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, costs are also incurred by the welfare, social service and thecriminal justice systems. In addition, there are further human costs associated with impaired health, damaged relationships and lowered productivity. This book is about treatment options. The history of addiction treatment has been characterised by fads and fashions. Some of the treatments used have been, at best ineffective, at worst harmful, and occasionally even dangerous. However, in the past two decades, many promising treatmentinterventions and procedures, and new therapeutic agents have been developed. Different forms of psychological treatments have been tested and provided in a systematic manner. There are a range of pharmacological options where once there were very few. Most importantly, there is increasingevidence about the effectiveness of many of these treatments, and there is a clearer understanding of the importance of the social, environmental, behavioural and cognitive processes involved, as well as the use of active coping strategies during recovery. Addiction treatment involves a variety of different practices and procedures used with different populations and which are designed to achieve different goals. Drug Addiction and its Treatment explains why no single treatment is effective for everyone with a drug addiction problem. Treatment is provided by a range of personnel from differing backgrounds and in a range of settings. This book should be read by psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers, nurses, policy makers, service managers, and researchers with an interest in addiction.

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Few problems are as complicated as drug misuse. Drug addiction is a major public health issue with implications for healthcare systems and society at large. As well as expenditure on prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, costs are also incurred by the welfare, social service and thecriminal justice systems. In addition, there ar...

Michael Gossop is Head of Research, National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Maudsley Hospital, London, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:356 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.74 inPublished:February 5, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198526083

ISBN - 13:9780198526087

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Table of Contents

1. A background to addiction and its treatment2. Drug use and multiple drug use3. Consumption behaviours, problems and dependence4. Psychological health, physical health and mortality5. The relationship between the drug user and treatment6. Assessment and setting treatment goals7. Withdrawal and detoxification8. Psychological treatments9. Narcotics Anonymous, twelve-step programmes and rehabilitation treatments10. Methadone treatments11. Other drug treatments12. Duration, intensity and setting13. Causes for concern: issues for attention14. Treatment effectiveness and social policy

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`...a helpful and informative publication that will consolidate current knowledge. I applaude Dr Gossop's attempt to provide such a useful reference mark.'Psychological Medicine