Substance Abuse Disorders
Evidence and Experience
The book covers the three major areas – drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Each section comprises three chapters, one covering epidemiology (the extent and the nature of the problem), one on prevention and one covering treatment and management. These review the published literature and summarize the available evidence succintly; for instance, starting with a helpful overview of the scope of epidemiology, then describing the range of conceptual frameworks. Treatment refers to both psychosocial and pharmacological approaches. Prevention covers both universal and local strategies, providing a menu of opportunities. These include public health interventions, such as strategies to reduce demand among young people.
Each section in this book features a series of short commentaries that provide clinical and public health perspectives from various parts of the world. These also address complementary topics, such as a call for clinicians to lobby more effectively, and the need for local knowledge and study to assess the generalisability of findings in different geographic regions and in different cultures.
The unique structure of this book makes it invaluable for all health professionals dealing with people with substance use disorders: the review chapters serve as reference material while the commentaries provide insight into particular problems and stimulate the reader to learn more.
324 pages; ISBN 9780470975947
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