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Understanding Drugs of Abuse

The Processes of Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery

Mim J. Landry

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-533-3
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  • What is addiction?
  • How do you know if someone is addicted?
  • Are some people more prone to addiction than others?
  • Are some drugs more addictive than others?
  • How can you help someone who doesn't want help?

    Understanding Drugs of Abuse is designed to bring the everyday reader face-to-face with drugs of abuse and addiction. Through frank, no-nonsense explanations of the stimulants, depressants, psychedelics, and inhalants, this accessible guide will help the reader to understand how drugs of abuse affect thinking, behavior, perceptions, and emotions. It also examines the effects addiction has on the addict's family.

    Understanding Drugs of Abuse demystifies the treatment process by explaining what types of treatment are available, what actually happens during treatment, and what patients and their families can expect during the treatment process. The book also describes the recovery process and will help people identify good recovery—as well as recognize poor recovery and the warning signs of relapse. Perhaps most important, Understanding Drugs of Abuse explains how friends and family can intervene when someone they love does not want help.

    Because the use of prescribed medications by people with substance use disorders can be misunderstood or even be dangerous, this book presents practical information about medications and recovery. It also explores the unique problems of adolescents who are addicted, as well as people with the dual disorders of a psychiatric and substance use disorder. Understanding Drugs of Abuse will also help the reader understand the role of genetics and other influences on addiction to alcohol, the most widely abused drug of all.

  • Contents

    • Pharmacologic Aspects of Addiction.

      Basic principles of drug use. The stimulant drugs. The depressant drugs. The psychedelic drugs. The inhalants.

      Treatment Addiction: From Intervention to Recovery.

      The treatment process. The recovery process. Defense mechanisms: living with trauma. The intervention process. Adolescent addiction. Dual diagnosis: dual disorders. Treatment, recovery, and medication. A special look at alcoholism. Final thoughts. Appendix: resources. Index.

    About the Authors

    Mim J. Landry is a medical writer specializing in addiction and psychiatry. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, the Journal of Psychiatric Research, the Journal of the American Board of Family Practice, Family Practice Recertification, and California Nursing Review. He is a co-author of The New Drugs: Lookalikes, Designer Drugs, and Drugs of Deception.

    Mr. Landry was the Director of the Training and Education Project at the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinics in San Francisco where he worked for eight years. Mr. Landry is the Director of Editorial Services for Danya International, a Silver Spring, Maryland health communications company. In this capacity, he develops educational materials for healthcare professionals, such as online courses and similar products regarding substance abuse treatment and prevention, mental health treatment, and public health.

    The book includes a comprehensive discussion of the various classes of drugs, an overview of substance-related disorders, and a clear and useful description of the processes of treatment and recovery. Landry's style combines liveliness and scholarship, and he provides professional literature references for each chapter.—American Journal of Psychiatry

    If every nurse, physician, pharmacist, social worker, and dentist understood and applied some of the principles contained in Mim Landry's Understanding Drugs of Abuse: The Processes of Addiction, Treatment and Recovery, then the clinical care of addicted persons in the United States would be greatly improved. This book is a superbly organized, clearly written, and comprehensively referenced review of the pharmacology of psychoactive drugs and the process of recovery from drug addiction. . . . I plan to make this book required reading for our medical students, psychiatric residents, and interprofessional addiction fellows.—David R. McDuff, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Director, Interprofessional Drug & Alcohol Program, University of Maryland at Baltimore

    This contemporary book is a major advance in the understanding of the impact of drugs and alcohol on the individual, family and society. The author's adept writing style illuminates fundamental facts about drug and alcohol addictions as independent disorders. His broad knowledge reveals the key essentials of diagnosis and treatment of addictive disorders. The overall format of the book provides a practical guide to learning how one can find or deliver help for an addiction problem. The experienced professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, counselor), family member or the addict can benefit from the comprehensive and indepth discussions of the recovery process. I have read the book and highly recommend it to anyone for immediate reading!—Norman S. Miller, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Chief, Section for Addiction Programs, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Illinois at Chicago

    Professionals should scrutinize this volume as a resource for patients, families, and friends. This lucid guide for a lay audience covers basic principles of addiction, reviews various classes of drugs, and presents a comprehensive guide to treatment. Included are chapters on dual diagnosis and adolescent addiction.—Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

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