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.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* A synthesis of the current research and clinical literature * Includes strengths and weaknesses of commonly used psychometric assessment measures * Presentation and review of a complete Psychosocial/Substance Use Assessment form * Discussion of treatment settings and criteria for placement decisions * Discussion of treatment alternatives and effectiveness of major pharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches * Discussion of factors leading to Relapse, and components of Relapse Prevention programs


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

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.


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About the editors

Charles Dodgen

Charles E. Dodgen, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Caldwell, NJ. Dr. Dodgen has treated over one thousand substance abusing patients in inpatient and outpatient settings. He authored What Should I Know About Someone Who Abuses Alcohol or Other Drugs?, a publication for patients and family members. He is the former Director of Psychology and Clinical Coordinator of the Adult Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Unit at Fair Oaks Hospital in Summit, NJ. Dr. Dodgen is currently on staff at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, in Livingston, NJ.

Affiliations and Expertise

Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey, U.S.A.

W. Shea

W. Michael Shea, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist practicing in Morristown, NJ. Dr. Shea has over ten years experience in the field of substance abuse, as well as child abuse and neglect. Dr. Shea is the former Assistant Director of the Family Enrichment Program, and the Coordinator of the Counseling Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Dr. Shea is presently the Program Director, and Supervisor of the Family Crisis Intervention Unit, at the Center for Evaluation and Counseling in Morristown, NJ.

Affiliations and Expertise

Center for Evaluation & Counseling, Newton, New Jersey, U.S.A.


@qu:"...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." @source:--DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW @from:Prepublication Praise @qu:"An excellent resource that provides up-to-date information on alcohol and other psychoactive substance use disorders. It illuminates the facts and substantiates them with a myriad of references. This text is useful not only for clinicians working in the field of addictions but for all therapists who will encounter individuals with such a problem. Should be considered essential reading for various additional audiences such as students in graduate or nursing schools. It is well organized and very comprehensive." @source:--RAYMOND F. HANBURY, JR., Ph.D., C.A.S.; Past President, Division 50 (Addictions), American Psychological Association; International Advisory Board, American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders; President, New Jersey Psychological Association