Treating Drug Abusers provides a clear, practical guide to current approaches in the treatment of drug-taking. Written by practitioners for practitioners, it takes a psychological perspective to the problem. The authors include detailed case studies of particular treatments, focusing on, among other things, relapse and its prevention, family therapy, and the transmission of the HIV virus.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors, 1. Introduction, Part 1 - Developments in Views of Drug Abuse, 2. Changing conceptions of the nature of drug abuse, Part 2 - Developments in Treatment, 3. Motivating heroin users for change, 4. Family therapy and addiction, 5. Relapse prevention training, 6. Medical treatment for problem drug takers, 7. Managing benzodiazepine withdrawal, 8. Facing up to AIDS, Part 3 - Developments in Services, 9. Drug treatment and prescribing practice: what can be learned from the past?, 10. The Community Drug Team: current practice, 11. The Community Drug Team: lessons from alcohol and handicap services, Name index, Subject index
Gerald Bennett is the Clinical Psychologist with the East Dorset Community Drug Team in Bournemouth.
`Lively and stimulating throughout ... will be of enormous assistance to those struggling to offer better defined therapeutic help to clients alongside harm minimisation.' - The International Journal of Drug Policy
`A substantial contribution to the literature ... it should be of considerable assistance to all social workers who seek to extend their knowledge and skills in working with problem drug-takers.' - Social Work Today
`Recommended for its thoughtful advocacy of psychological interventions in community settings.' - British Journal of Addiction
'soundly referenced, up to date, reasonably priced and will fill a gap in the market. I, therefore, confidently recommend its purchase for health studies libraries or workers in the field.' - Nursing Standard