Substance Use Disorders - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122191602, 9780080518107

Substance Use Disorders

1st Edition

Assessment and Treatment

Authors: Charles Dodgen W. Shea
eBook ISBN: 9780080518107
Hardcover ISBN: 9780122191602
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 31st March 2000
Page Count: 173
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Table of Contents

Clinical Pharmacology and Clinical Epidemiology of Psychoactive Substances
Definitions and General Concepts of Pharmacology
Pharmacology of Individual Drugs
Clinical Epidemiology of Psychoactive Substances
Etiology of Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders
Theories of Etiology
Initiation, Progression, and Maintenance of Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders
Stage Models of Adolescent Substance Use
Risk Factors
Adult Model of Substance Use
Course/Natural History of Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders
The Disease Model
Models of Progression of Substance Use
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
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
Diagnosis and Comorbidity
Definition and Prevalence
Diagnostic Issues of the Dually Impaired
Treatment of the Dually Diagnosed
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
Treatment II: Planning, Implementing, and Managing Treatment and the Course of Recovery
Phases of Recovery
Relapse Parameters
Treatment Goals
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
Issues in Specific Populations
Impaired Physicians
Ethnic Minorities
The Elderly Population
The Homeless Population
Legal and Ethical Issues
Responsibility to Diagnose and Treat Substance Use Disorders
Coerced Treatment
Treatment of Pregnant Mothers
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)


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

  • 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.


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"...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." --DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW

Prepublication Praise
"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." --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

Ratings and Reviews

About the Authors

Charles Dodgen Author

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 Author

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.