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Cocaine, Second Edition

Roger D. Weiss, M.D., Steven M. Mirin, M.D., and Roxanne Bartel, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-138-5
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Sports heroes, executives, and the homeless—cocaine permeates every inch of our society, with tragic results. Although casual use of cocaine has clearly declined, the number of daily users, in particular those using crack, continues to climb. Why do people continue to use cocaine? What is its appeal? How does it affect the body and mind? What can a person do if a family member or friend is using cocaine?

In the past decade, the introduction of crack has increased the popularity of cocaine. Treatments have changed to adapt to this new, cheaper, more widely available drug. This Second Edition of Cocaine—by three noted psychiatrists from Harvard University and the University of Utah—highlights the tremendous research effort that has been mounted to discover the most effective way to help cocaine-dependent patients. It covers what cocaine is, the different methods of its use, its effects on the brain and other organs, and its psychological and social consequences for users and those around them—both at home and in the workplace. This book also covers cocaine addiction—how it happens, who is at risk, how to treat it, and how to find help. Cocaine includes a list of commonly asked questions about the drug and a self-test to determine if you or someone you love is dependent on cocaine.


  • The current cocaine epidemic. How cocaine is used. The effects of cocaine on the body. Cocaine and the brain. Cocaine dependence. Cocaine and the family. Cocaine in the workplace. Treatment of cocaine abuse. Questions frequently asked about cocaine. Appendix: Self-test for cocaine dependence. Bibliography.

About the Authors

Roger D. Weiss, M.D., is the Clinical Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program, McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Steven M. Mirin, M.D., is the General Director and Psychiatrist in Chief, McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts, and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Roxanne L. Bartel, M.D. is Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at the University of Utah.

Cocaine, which has now ented its second edition, provides a valualbe overview to the entire field, 'from bench to bedside.'—General Hospital Psychiatry

This relatively short book addresses the topic of cocaine abuse and its treatment in langugae that is comprehensible to the lay public and to professional readers.—American Journal of Psychotherapy

The second edition of Cocaine is one of those unusual books that can be profitably read by both clinicians and the lay public. It is a well-written and up-to-date review of what is known about the effects of cocaine as it impacts on the brain and body. Although the definitive treatment for cocaine abuse is not yet here, Dr. Weiss and his colleagues have provided from their experience and the literature methods that can be helpful for both clinicians and families.—Herbert D. Kleber, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Director, Division on Substance Abuse, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York State Psychiatric Institute

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