psychotherapy

Alcoholism & addiction for clinicians

Treating Addiction As a Human Process (Library of Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment) by Edward J. KhantzianTreating Addiction As a Human Process (Library of Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment)      by Edward J. Khantzian "In contrast to the now popular emphasis on addictive drugs "hijacking" the brain reward centers and producing pleasure, Dr. Khantzian life work has pursued an alternative route in explaining why addictive drugs can become so compelling in an individual's life. His emphasis has mainly and consistently been on the human psychological vulnerabilities involved in addictive suffering. Based on three decades of clinical work with patients, as well as numerous clinical investigative studies, Dr.Khantzian has persuasively instructed us that suffering and problems with selfregulation are at the root of addictive disorders. His work has repeatedly underscored that individuals who become dependent on addictive substances (including alcohol and nicotine) do so not because they seek pleasure or self-destruction (some have considered addictions as "suicide on the installment plan"), but more because they use alcohol and other addictive drugs as an attempt to self-medicate their suffering and to regulate their lives. Although in the long run such attempts cause great disruption in peoples' lives, in the short run individuals have the powerful discovery that each class of drugs have appeal because they relieve a range of painful feelings and help to cope with powerful emotions and behaviors that for them are otherwise overwhelming and unmanageable. Dr.Khantzian has been described as the "father of the self-medication hypothesis of addictive disorders," and has also written extensively on "self-care" deficits associated with the addictions, the importance and utility of modified group techniques and self-help groups in recovery and effective treatments. Dr. Khantzian writes persuasively, evocatively, and compassionately about the human vulnerabilities involved in addictive disorders. Dr. Alan Stone, Professor of Law and Psychiatry at Harvard University, has characterized Dr. Khantzian as a "master ... clinician exploring the internal world of the addicted person ... convincingly demonstrating his self-medication hypothesis," and novelist Dr. Michael Palmer has said that Dr. Khantzian's book, Treating Addiction as a Human Process, is a "highly intelligent volume that can be read with pleasure and awe from beginning to end. It is the cornerstone on which the next generation of knowledge in addiction medicine will be built." Dr. Khantzian has been acknowledged as a pioneering clinician in understanding the psychological and psychiatric pain associated with substance use disorders, and his focus on the self-medicating function of abused substances, and the refinement of his work stressing addict's ego deficits of selfregulation and self-care have become the standard in the field of addiction treatment."

American Psychiatric Press Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment by Marc Galanter (Editor), Herbert D. Kleber (Editor)American Psychiatric Press Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment      by Marc Galanter (Editor), Herbert D. Kleber (Editor) "A definitive resource for clinicians, researchers, and trainees in psychiatry, general medicine, and other health professions. Contains sections on the nature of addiction, overview of treatment, treatment for specific drugs of abuse (from alcohol to "club drugs"), treatment modalities, special populations, and special topics. This second edition addresses mechanisms underlying addictive illness and the scientific basis of treatment. It includes five new chapters on neurobiology of alcohol, opiates, stimulants, hallucinogens, and marijuana, as well as chapters on epidemiology, genetics, cross- cultural issues, and the psychology of addiction. Two new chapters deal specifically with women, and material on medical problems and managed care has been added."


The Chemical Dependence Treatment Documentation Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Collection of Program Management Tools, Clinical Documentation, and Psychoeducational Materials for Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals by James R. Finley, Brenda S. LenzThe Chemical Dependence Treatment Documentation Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Collection of Program Management Tools, Clinical Documentation, and Psychoeducational Materials for Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals
      by James R. Finley, Brenda S. Lenz "The paperwork required for providing chemical dependence counseling services can be daunting. This easy-to-use sourcebook provides sample forms, handouts, and records for every aspect of substance abuse treatment and relapse prevention. The book includes blank forms, helpful examples of fully-completed forms, and a disk containing versions of every form included in the book."

Treating Alcohol Dependence by Peter M. Monti, David B. Abrams, Ronald M. Kadden, Ned L. CooneyTreating Alcohol Dependence      by Peter M. Monti, David B. Abrams, Ronald M. Kadden, Ned L. Cooney "Presents the Brown University/Providence VA treatment program for addictive behaviors. The principles are presented in specific step-by- step detail.

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