1st Edition

Transforming Addiction Gender, Trauma, Transdisciplinarity

Edited By Lorraine Greaves, Nancy Poole, Ellexis Boyle Copyright 2015
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    Choice Highly Recommended Read

    Addiction is a complex problem that requires more nuanced responses. Transforming Addiction advances addictions research and treatment by promoting transdisciplinary collaboration, the integration of sex and gender, and issues of trauma and mental health. The authors demonstrate these shifts and offer a range of tools, methods, and strategies for responding to the complex factors and forces that produce and shape addiction. In addition to providing practical examples of innovation from a range of perspectives, the contributors demonstrate how addiction spans biological, social, environmental, and economic realms. Transforming Addiction is a call to action, and represents some of the most provocative ways of thinking about addiction research, treatment, and policy in the contemporary era.

    Preface. Part 1. 1. Cracking the problem of addition with a transformative approach L.Greaves, N.Poole and E.Boyle 2. Fostering transdisciplinarity in addiction research training E.Boyle, M.E.Snow, N.Vittoz 3. Integrating trauma with addiction research and treatment N.Poole 4. Of mice and women: transdisciplinarity in the laboratory T.E.Baker, V.Lam, N.Lan, K.A.Uban, J.Weinberg 5. Two-Eyed seeing in Indigenous addiction research and treatment L.Hall Part 2. 6. Linking addiction, gender and trauma in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit L.Marcellus 7. Bridging the biological and the social in neuroscience G.Einstein 8. Moving towards transdisciplinarity in research with marginalized populations I.Torchalla, V.Strehlau, E.Neilson, M.Krausz 9. Using reflexivity to achieve transdisciplinarity in nursing and social work N.Clark, I.Handlovsky, D.Sinclair 10. Trauma and transdisciplinarity in women's addiction treatment D.Bradshaw 11. Expanding systematic reviews using transdisciplinarity N.Hemsing, L.Greaves, N.Poole Part 3. 12. Migrating toward transdisciplinarity in addiction treatment P.Selby 13. Building a theoretical bridge for transdisciplinary exchange A.Sotskova, C.Benoit, L.Casey, B.Pauly, B.K.Thege 14. The challenge of trans-sectoral policy in pregnancy and addiction L.Greaves 15. Enlarging knowledge translation to reflect transdisciplinarity N.Poole, L.Greaves 16.The future of transdisciplinarity in addiction L.Greaves, N.Poole, E.Boyle


    Lorraine Greaves, PhD, is a medical sociologist, Senior Investigator at the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health in Vancouver, Canada and its former Executive Director from 1997-2009.

    Nancy Poole, PhD, is Director of Research and Knowledge Translation at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence for Women’s Health in Vancouver, Canada.

    Ellexis Boyle, PhD, is Director of the Intersections of Mental Health Perspectives in Addictions Research Training program at the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health in Vancouver, Canada

    "Transforming Addiction is a clarion call for a multidisciplinary approach to studying and treating alcohol problems... Because no current single or blended perspective or model seems to adequately encompass all addiction issues, a transdisciplinary appraoch may provide a pathway to an improved system for prevention and treatment services... Transforming Addiction will be valuable to those enganges in programs that address substance abuse and addiction. Summing Up: Highly recommended." -G.A. Blevins, emeritus, Governors State University, CHOICE

    "Transforming Addiction: Gender, Trauma and Transdisciplinarity is a much-welcomed contribution, showing us quite clearly that transdisciplinarity is the future in the addiction field.  Its approach is transformative, compelling, and of great use to addiction researchers, educators, and mental health professionals."Elizabeth Ettorre, PhD, Professor of Sociology, University of Liverpool

    Transforming Addiction is a significant contribution to the literature on women and addictive disorders. It challenges us to integrate research from numerous disciplines in order to improve treatment services. This edited volume is a useful text for both researchers and clinical practitioners. It moves us out of the historical, single-focused approach to addiction and applies a wider lens to enable us to view the multifaceted complexity of women’s addiction.” – Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW, Author, Helping Women Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction, Beyond Trauma: A Healing Journey for Women, and A Woman’s Way Through the Twelve Steps

    “This book weaves together the threads of trauma, addiction, mental health and gender in original and exciting ways.  Different professional groups, each with their own unique skills and expertise, can together develop ways of working that are more effective than the sum of the individual parts, yet, in many countries this still does not happen.  This book provides innovative and practical approaches to making it happen.” – Moira Plant, Emerita Professor of Alcohol Studies, University of the West of England