Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

Book Reviews -- Cocaine (Second Edition) by Roger D. Weiss, Steven M. Mirin and Roxanne L. Bartel

Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

Book Reviews -- Cocaine (Second Edition) by Roger D. Weiss, Steven M. Mirin and Roxanne L. Bartel

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ROGER D. WEISS, STEVEN M. MIRIN, AND ROXANNE L. BARTEL: Cocaine Second Edition. American Psychiatric Press Inc., Washington, DC, 1993, 204 pp., $20.00.

After a lull in the 1970's and early 1980's, cocaine has become a major drug of abuse in what the authors refer to as "The Current Cocaine Epidemic." This relatively short book addresses the topic of cocaine abuse and its treatment in language that is comprehensible to the lay public and to professional readers.

The personal and social costs of cocaine abuse are discussed as are the various methods of cocaine administration, i.e., "snorting," smoking, and IV use. "Crack" derives its name from the sound made when cocaine dissolved in water is heated to form the crystals that can an be smoked. The alleged "advantages" and attendant health hazards of each form of administration are discussed.

An interesting and informative section describes the medical complications of cocaine abuse, the effects of overdose, and the complications of IV cocaine use including infection with the HIV virus and viral hepatitis.

Alcohol, Valium, barbiturates, Xanax, marijuana, and heroin may be used along with cocaine in order to smooth out the tapid mood swings induced by cocaine. …

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