This authoritative work comprehensively examines all aspects of addictive disorders and their treatment. Leading researchers and practitioners identify best practices in assessment and diagnosis and provide tools for working with users of specific substances. Issues in working with particular populations--including polysubstance abusers, culturally diverse patients, women, and older adults--are addressed, and widely used psychosocial and pharmacological treatment approaches are reviewed. An indispensable text for anyone studying or treating these prevalent, challenging disorders, the book describes ways to tailor interventions to each patient’s needs while delivering compassionate, evidence-based care.
This third edition of the Clinical Textbook of Addictive Disorders appears 20
years after the founding of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
(AAAP). During this period, major progress has occurred in both general psychiatry
and addiction psychiatry. There has been movement ranging from
description of the phenomenology of psychiatric disorders, including substance
use disorders (SUDs), to the beginnings of understanding neurobiological
mechanisms, pathophysiology, genetic and family influences, and etiology.
Addiction treatment research, including that for comorbid conditions, has
advanced and the development of evidence-based guidelines for addiction
treatment has been launched. While treatment methods are still very much tied
to the craft and art of psychotherapy (including self-help and spirituality), dissemination
of research findings and evidence-based treatment approaches will
add to the quality of care of patients.