Substance Use Disorders

Assessment and Treatment


  • Charles Dodgen, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey, U.S.A.
  • W. Shea, Center for Evaluation & Counseling, Newton, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Substance Use Disorders: Assessment and Treatment is a summary of everything a therapist should know about substance abuse in one easy-to-read comprehensive book. The book begins with a discussion of the pharmacology of specific drug classes (opioids, hallucinogens, etc.) and the epidemiology of abuse. It then presents psychological theories of substance abuse, the initiation and progression of substance abuse disorders, issues of prevention and early intervention, and screening and assessment for substance abuse (including specific tests for assessment) and discusses in detail the various treatment methodologies available. Two final chapters explore issues relevant to special populations and legal and ethical considerations, regarding issues such as confidentiality and coerced treatment.
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All Psychotherapists: psychologists; social workers; nurses; drug/alcohol counselors; psychiatrists; other physicians. Psychotherapists specializing in the assessment and treatment of psychoactive substance use disorders. Psychotherapists preparing for certification exams in the assessment and treatment of PSUD's.*Due to international concern over substance abuse, should be of interest in any English-speaking country


Book information

  • Published: March 2000
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-219160-2


"...the information is easy to read and despite its diminutive size offers a comprehensive summary of the fundamental knowledge necessary to effectively understand psyoactive substance use disorders. The two authors, Dodgen & Shea, have managed to organise a large amount of information about psychoactive substance use disorders into a compact cohesive format... it has been directed from a clinical perspective that makes the information contained readily applicable to contemporary practice. I would definitely recommend this book as a basic text for clinicians whether or not working in the substance use field. If... you want a clear concise overview of salient issues for understanding psychoactive substance use disorders this book fits the bill."

Table of Contents

Preface.Acknowledgments.1. Clinical Pharmacology and Clinical Epidemiology of Psychoactive Substances:Definitions and General Concepts of Pharmacology.Pharmacology of Individual Drugs.Clinical Epidemiology of Psychoactive Substances.References.2. Etiology of Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders:Overview.Theories of Etiology.References.3. Initiation, Progression, and Maintenance of Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders:Stage Models of Adolescent Substance Use.Risk Factors.Adult Model of Substance Use.References.4. Course/Natural History of Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders:The Disease Model.Models of Progression of Substance Use.References.5. Prevention, Early Intervention, and Harm Reduction:General Perspective.Types of Prevention.Supply Reduction/Legal Interventions.Risk and Protective Factors.Skills Training.Community-Based Prevention.School-Based Programs.Parenting/Family Interventions.Related Risks/Harm Reduction.References.6. Screening and Assessment of Psychoactive Substance Use:Overview of the Assessment Process.Alcohol Screening Instruments.Drug Screening Instruments.Biological Screening Measures.Diagnostic Instruments.Areas to Assess for Treatment Planning Purposes.References.7. Diagnosis and Comorbidity:Definition and Prevalence.Diagnostic Issues of the Dually Impaired.Treatment of the Dually Diagnosed.References.8. Treatment I: Models and Approaches:Treatment Settings and Services.Major Theoretical Treatment Approaches.Additional Psychological Therapies.Role of Pharmacotherapy.Treatment Effectiveness/Outcome Studies.Alternative Treatments.References.9. Treatment II: Planning, Implementing, and Managing Treatment and the Course of Recovery:Phases of Recovery.Relapse Parameters.Tretment Goals.Detoxification.Engagement of Patients in Treatment.Client-Treatment Matching.Treatment of Family Members of Substance Abusers.Linkage of Services.Treatment of Criminal Offenders.Self-Help Groups.References.10. Issues in Specific Populations:Impaired Physicians.Ethnic Minorities.Women.HIV/AIDS.The Elderly Population.The Homeless Population.References.11. Legal and Ethical Issues:Confidentiality.Responsibility to Diagnose and Treat Substance Use Disorders.Coerced Treatment.Treatment of Pregnant Mothers.Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).References.Epilogue.Index.