A Clinical Guide to Alcohol and Drug Problems

A Clinical Guide to Alcohol and Drug Problems

A Clinical Guide to Alcohol and Drug Problems

A Clinical Guide to Alcohol and Drug Problems

Synopsis

This book is written specifically for family or primary care physicians who encounter substance abuse in their daily practice. "A Clinical Guide to Drug and Alcohol Problems" provides a comprehensive overview to help diagnose and treat these problems. The first five chapters provide basic information on historical and cultural issues, plus the pharmacology of all abused drugs the physician is likely to come into contact with and the epidemiology and etiology of substance abuse problems. The author then addresses the clinical manifestions and course of addiction; diagnostic techniques; principles of clinical management, treatment, and rehabilitation of addictive and other associated medical disorders; and guidelines for public health approaches to the problem.

Excerpt

This book has been written as a clinical guide for physicians. It has been prepared for the generalist who inevitably encounters such patients, rather than for the expert in substance abuse. Other health care professionals--counselors, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, social workers, therapists in other fields--may find useful material in selected chapters.

The first purpose of this guide is to provide a base of information regarding substance abuse. This is the focus of Chapters 2 through 6 on Historical and Cultural Aspects, Pharmacology of Drugs of Abuse, Epidemiology, Etiology, and Clinical Manifestations and Course. These chapters review the extensive knowledge available from a broad range of academicians and scientists: historians, epidemiologists, anthropologists, sociologists, biochemists, physiologists, pharmacologists, geneticists, and various clinical investigators (mostly physicians and psychologists). Data in these areas are critical for enlightened clinical practice and public health intervention.

The second purpose of the book is to inform the clinician regarding clinical care of the substance abusing patient and public health approaches to the problem. These topics are covered in Chapters 7 through 11 on Diagnosis, Principles of Clinical Management, Treatment and Rehabilitation, Associated Medical Disorders, and Public Health Approaches. Over the last decade since the author's first guide [11] was published, appreciable new data have become available. The amount of valuable new information has leveled off and even decreased at times as federal funding for research into substance abuse has . . .

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