Academic journal article East Asian Archives of Psychiatry

Substance Use Problems

Academic journal article East Asian Archives of Psychiatry

Substance Use Problems

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Substance Use Problems Author: Mitchell Earleywine Hogrefe & Huber Publishers USD29.80; pp88; ISBN: 978-0-88937-329-7

Substance abuse is a major public health issue worldwide. The medical and psychiatric complications of substance abuse translate to a considerable health care burden in society. Clinicians of different medical disciplines are often unprepared to handle the non-adherence and even challenging attitudes among service users presenting to the health care system for substance-related problems.

This book, from the series 'Advances in Psychotherapy - Evidence-based Practice', provides succinct, evidencebased practical guidance on the management of substance use problems. In this handy 88-page book, the author has successfully distilled the knowledge of substance misuse to build an evidence-based framework of assessment and intervention. The book is not meant to give readers an indepth review of the symptomatology of various substances, neurobiology, and pharmacological and psychological treatments, but highlights the scientific backgrounds of substance misuse problems to cultivate professional attitudes among practitioners who treat clients for substance misuse.

Given the concise nature of this book, a significant proportion of it is devoted to a well-conceptualised and in-depth epidemiological overview of substance misuse problems and the co-morbidity data, setting the scene for the core chapters elaborating on the biopsychosocial model for the management of substance abuse problems. The ways that biopsychosocial factors have an effect on different stages of substance misuse, from initiation through regular use to problem use, are discussed in detail. This is an important part of the book that addresses the hurdles in establishing therapeutic relationships with substance abusers. A lack of in-depth understanding of aetiological models at different stages of a person's substance abuse 'career' is often the cause of negative counter-transference among therapists. …

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