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Understanding and Treating Addictions


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Understanding and Treating Addictions

Alex Copello (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-12417-1 November 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 256 Pages


Psychological approaches are commonly used to understand and treat addictive disorders, in conjunction with, or separate from other therapeutic paradigms. This book focuses on psychological assessments and interventions and in doing so, presents a useful, coherent view of the field. There is particular emphasis on evidence-based treatments and practical strategies which clinicians can adopt. Case studies will be used throughout to illustrate different approaches.

The contributors, all experts in their fields, draw from their extensive experience and research to focus on key knowledge and best practice. The book is organised in three sections: conceptual and prevalence issues; assessment and treatment of addiction problems; and service organisation and professional challenges. In presenting an array of rigorously evaluated psychological approaches, the book will enable readers to select the most suitable assessments and interventions for their clients.


Chapter 1: Models of Addiction.

Chapter 2: Substance Misuse: Prevalence and Effects.

Chapter 3: Assessment, Screening and Brief Interventions.

Chapter 4: Addiction Treatment.

Chapter 5: Motivational Interventions.

Chapter 6: Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to the Treatment of Addiction Problems.

Chapter 7: Addiction and the Family.

Chapter 8: Combined Mental Health Problems and Substance Misuse.

Chapter 9: Addiction Problems in Forensic and Criminal Justice Settings.

Chapter 10: Compulsive Risky Behaviours – Gambling, Joyriding, Shoplifting, Sexual Behaviour.

Chapter 11: Organising Assessment and Treatment in Clinical and Community Settings.

Chapter 12: Professional Challenges

* A conceptually rigorous and evidence based approach to addictions and treatment
* Reflects experience in a variety of clinical and social settings
* Offers a practice oriented overview of best practice in the main methods of treatment
* Includes consideration of service organisation and professional issues in this field
* Editor and authors with extensive clinical, research and training experience