Evidence-Based Treatments for Alcohol and Drug Abuse: A Practitioner's Guide to Theory, Methods, and Practice (Hardback) book cover

Evidence-Based Treatments for Alcohol and Drug Abuse

A Practitioner's Guide to Theory, Methods, and Practice

By Paul M. G. Emmelkamp, Ellen Vedel

© 2007 – Routledge

304 pages

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About the Book

Evidence-Based Treatments for Alcohol and Drug Abuse encompasses the developments in the field over the last decade, blending theory, techniques and clinical flexibility.

Research in the past decade has shown that substance abuse and substance dependence are treatable. The field has witnessed the introduction of evidence-based psychological and specific pharmacological treatments. Unfortunately, many of the empirical supported therapies for addictions are still not widely applied by practitioners. The third volume in the Practical Clinical Guidebooks Series (PCG), Evidence-Based Treatments for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, defines the characteristics, classification, and prevalence of substance use disorders, and provides the clinician with practical guidelines applicable across a variety of treatment settings and patient groups.

Drawing on the recent research in the field, the authors provide the practicing clinician and student with an up-to-date understanding of the epidemiology, etiology, course and prognosis of substance abuse disorders that would be relevant to clinical practice. In addition to describing phenomenology and etiology, the book provides a comprehensive guide to the assessment and treatment of DSM-IV-TR substance abuse disorders (SUDs), including abuse and dependence of alcohol, stimulants, opiates, hallucinogens, cannabis/marijuana, sedative, and party drugs.


"Emmelkamp and Vedel’s new text gives hope to the substance abusing individual and evidence-based guidance to the treating therapist. It is well worth reading."

– David W. Hunt, Journal of Addictive Diseases

Table of Contents

Description of Substance Abuse and Dependence. Clinical Interventions. Research Basis of Treatments. Clinical Cases. Complicating Factors. Maintenance and Follow-up Strategies.

About the Authors

Paul M.G. Emmelkamp, Ph.D., is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Amsterdam and a practicing clinical psychologist and supervisor in mental health and addiction treatment centers.

Ellen Vedel practices as a cognitive behavior therapy at the Jellinek Addiction Treatment Centre in Amsterdam, and is a research-fellow and lecturer at the department of Clinical Psychology at the University of Amsterdam.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Addiction