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Treating Drinkers and Drug Users in the Community

ISBN: 978-0-470-69299-8
480 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Treating Drinkers and Drug Users in the Community is the second book in a new collection from Addiction Press. Addiction Press was set up with the express purpose of communicating current ideas and evidence in this expanding field, not only to researchers and practising health professionals, but also to policy makers, students and interested non-specialists. These publications are designed to address the significant challenges that addiction presents to modern society.




The drugs field has undergone a phase of rapid change in recent years and all the non-medical treatment interventions for those with alcohol problems and dependence can be equally helpful for drug users. This has opened the way for unification of alcohol and drug treatment services at a clinical level, with potential for more efficient service provision and for effective interventions which can be readily adopted in a wide range of settings. Modern drug and alcohol services and all professionals working with substance users will benefit from the initiatives and procedures discussed in this book.


Key features


* Describes a wide range of treatments for young people and adults with drug and alcohol dependence

* Integrates alcohol and drug prevention and treatment

* Provides an invaluable and accessible guide for many different professionals

* Sets out assessment criteria, questionnaires, and a joint treatment framework

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Theoretical Considerations:.

Treating Drinkers and Drug Users in the Community: An Overview.

The Political Dimension: Different national approaches.

Prevention and Treatment – not separate issues but part of a continuum:.

Prevention and Treatment Services for Young People;Prevention and Treatment Services for Adults.

Assessment: Assessment.

Treatment:.

The Therapeutic Framework;.

Understanding Behavioural and Cognitive-Behavioural Treatment Approaches;.

Effective Counselling For Ongoing Client Contact;.

The Nature and Timing of Care Plan Interventions;.

Brief Interventions;.

Prescribing Interventions;.

Everyone Needs Help to Prevent Relapse;.

Reducing Environmental Harm and Increasing Social Strength;.

Reducing Psychological Harm and Increasing Psychological Strength;.

Working With Families;.

Substance Use and Mental Health;.

Physical Health Issues;.

Women Parents and Children;.

Professionally Aided Self-help,.

Twelve Step Work and the Maintenance of Abstinence;.

Epilogue.

Appendix.

Further reading and references.

Glossary of abbreviations and acronyms.

Index

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Tom Waller, MBBS, DObstRCOG, was a GP, lecturer and tutor in Central London 1973-88 and a GP in Suffolk from 1988-96. He developed an interest in substance use when he became first medical adviser to a short-stay hostel for drug users in crisis in 1978 and used this experience in his own general practice. He was a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs from 1983-88 and 1993-96. In 1996 he became Suffolk County Specialist for problem substance use.


Daphne Rumball MB, ChB, DRCOG, FRCPsych is a consultant psychiatrist in Norfolk Mental Health Care NHS Trust, specialising in drugs and alcohol, and working with a multi-disciplinary team in a large urban and rural practice in Norwich. She is also an honorary academic adviser and tutor at the School of Medicine, University of East Anglia.

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* Describes a wide range of treatments for young people and adults with drug and alcohol dependence.

* Integrates alcohol and drug prevention and treatment

* Provides invaluable step-by-step practical guide presented in an accessible way for many different professionals

* Sets out assessment criteria, questionnaires, and a joint treatment framework

See More
"The book is going to prove to be an extremely useful resource for clinical staff.” (Alcohol & Alcoholism, March 2009)

"Waller & Rumball's book has two outstanding features. First, it achieves admirably its ambition of being a thoroughly practical and eminently useful, modern guide to treatment and preventive work with alcohol and drug users. Secondly, an accurate empathy with the experiences of those suffering from alcohol and drug problems and a sincere respect for them as unique individuals is obvious on every page. For these reasons alone, the book is highly recommended for specialists in the field and those generalists who come into contact with alcohol and drug problems in their work."
(Addiction, Vol 101: 1, January 2006)

"Only just seen this classic - how have I have missed it? This book looks at a wide range of interventions that can be used to help different people with different drug and alcohol problems at all stages. A breath of fresh air and a 'must read' for all practitioners and commissioners in the field."
–Professor David Clark, Drink and Drug News, July 2006

"The excellent book Treating Drinkers and Drug Users in the Community by Daphne Rumball, an addiction specialist, and the late Tom Waller...describes the treatment options for substance misuse - focusing on psychosocial interventions, many of which can be carried out in a community and indeed primary care setting. The evidence in support of the treatments is well presented and the book is superbly referenced, acting as a valuable resource for further study. The book is well written and is accessible to professionals and the general public. It goes without saying that this book will provide an invaluable source of information. moreover it is a scholarly text and extremely well written. I strongly recomend this book and hope that in time it will become a classic."
–Clare Gerada, Psychiatric Bulletin, 2006

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