This insightful book is a synoptic presentation of Causes and Treatment of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction. It gives an insight into Alcoholism and Drug Addiction genetic and/or acquired etiologies through researched studies that draw the conclusion that Addiction is a disease/ medical condition. It features the treatment from detox followed by psychotherapy with evidence based practices and supported by Aftercare programs to maintain sobriety and recovery.

Key Features

This book includes:

  • An insight into Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
  • Psychotherapy with evidence based practices
  • Aftercare programs .
  • Classification and effects of psychoactive drugs
  • Drug screening procedures
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Causes and Treatment of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
  • Life and clinical experiences 
  • Culture and Drug Addiction
  • Levels of Care in Structured Programs


Clinical practitioners, researchers and graduate students

Table of Contents

Chapter 1, Addiction and its Etiology

  • Definition & Characteristics of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction.
  • Incidence Report: Alcoholism in the Family.
  • Incidence Report: Gloria Drug Abuse (Cross Addiction)

Chapter 2, Common Psychoactive Drugs

  • CNS Stimulants
  • CNS Depressants & Hypnotics
  • CNS Hallucinogens
  • Alcohol
  • Women & Alcohol
  • Drug-Screening Procedures
  • Cocaine
  • Cannabis
  • Active Compounds (Cannabinoids) in Marijuana
  • Amphetamines
  • Sedatives, Hypnotics and Anxiolytics
  • Hallucinogen
  • Opioids: Heroin
  • Harm Reduction

Chapter 3, Management of Addiction

  • Evaluation/Assessment
  • A Case Study: Familial Depression
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Motivational Interviewing Transcript
  • Classification Format of Pathology
  • Treatment

Chapter 4, Theories of Treatment

  • Psychotherapy
  • Adlerian Theory
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Social Cognitive Theory/Learning
  • Rational-Emotive-Behavioral-Therapy (REBT)
  • The ABC model of REBT
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt Therapy (Meaningful Whole)
  • Existential Theory
  • Motivational Enhancement Theory (MET)
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Psycho-analytical Therapy
  • Reality/Choice Control Therapy
  • Support Groups (After Care programs)
  • Special Focus programs
  • Alternative Incarceration Program (AIP)

Chapter 5, The Impact & Treatment of Drug Addiction

  • Family & Drug Addiction
  • Culture & Drug Addiction
  • Women & Drug Addiction
  • Older Adults & Drug Addiction
  • Mental illness & Drug Addiction
  • Sexual Minorities (LGBTQ) & Drug Addiction


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© 2012
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About the author

Samuel Obembe

Affiliations and Expertise

M.B;B.S., C.A.D.C. Cognitive Insight Inc. Alcoholism & Drug Addiction Treatment, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.