The Handbook of Addiction Treatment for Women

The Handbook of Addiction Treatment for Women

The Handbook of Addiction Treatment for Women

The Handbook of Addiction Treatment for Women

Synopsis

Providing essential theoretical and practical guidelines for clinicians, educators, policymakers, and public health professionals, The Handbook of Addiction Treatment for Women is a comprehensive resource of the most current research and knowledge from recognized experts in the field of addiction and treatment. This much needed guide offers an historical context on the issue of women and addiction, examines the myriad challenges of the female addict, and includes recommendations for choosing a course of treatment that will meet the specific needs of an individual woman addict."The Handbook of Addiction Treatment for Women brings to the field the thinking of researchers and practitioners in a very readable, practical compendium. This book is for anyone who cares about women with addictions." _Mary Beth Johnson, director, Addiction Technology Transfer Center, National Office"This is a wonderful book that addresses an unusually diverse set of issues, some of which are often neglected. It is not only useful to clinicians, but also to educators, researchers, policymakers, and anyone responsible for treatment program design." _ Joan E. Zweben, clinical professor of psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco; executive director, East Bay Community Recovery Project and 14th Street Clinic, Oakland, California

Excerpt

This is a book about women and addiction—all kinds of women and all kinds of addiction. We look at women who are in the throes of active addiction and women who are in recovery, women who are young and women who are old, women who are Black and women who are White, women who use drugs and women who spend. Often the same woman will fit many of these categories and the many others that we address. This is a book about all women and, especially, this particular woman—this one woman in our office, treatment center, homeless shelter, or prison. This book is about the individual woman needing help, seeking help, or being forced to seek help, and how we help her.

This is a book for therapists of all disciplines, from experienced addiction specialists to those with minimal or no knowledge about this population. The book is both general and specific. We start with the general in Part One, reviewing what is known about women and addiction both historically and in the present. We next explore the paradoxes and challenges that a women's point of view raises and, finally, outline the theoretical and clinical perspectives that we believe offer the greatest strengths for diagnosing addictions and treating women addicts today.

This is not a one-size-fits-all book. Quite the contrary. We emphasize the great diversity and complexity of all women and the importance of including multiple perspectives in assessment and treatment. We have organized this book to emphasize different points of view—that is, the multiple meanings and organizing principles that must inform treatment for women with addictions. Our authors . . .

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