The book includes an examination of sources of law important to addiction and its treatment. The foundations for forensic work in professional legal testimony is explored (e.g., legal system, case law precedent, statutes governing addictions, civil and criminal procedures). The science of addiction is featured including the biology of addiction, addiction as a brain disease, responsibility vs. loss of control, development of addictions, and the role of genetics and environment. Drug testing, its uses with forensic populations, what the tests show and do not show, controversies in using tests in the general population also receives extensive treatment. Addiction and mental illness in forensic populations is highlighted for addiction treatment and continuing care. Case studies and landmark cases illustrate the role of alcohol, drug use, and addictions in legal decisions.

Key Features

*Focused primarily on alcohol and drug addictions
*Case studies and landmark cases are included to illustrate the role of alcohol/drugs in legal decisions (e.g., the Exxon Valdez case)
*Brief overview of legal system and drug courts will be useful to clinicans, lawyers, administrators, and other professionals


Mental health professionals including psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychiatric social workers addiction counselors. Mental health administrators, managed care executives, physicians, lawyers, and law libraries will find this book useful.


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About the author

Norman S. Miller

Affiliations and Expertise

Michigan State University, East Lansing, U.S.A.