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An overview of substance abuse for generalist students, prospective mental health professionals, and allied professionals. Providing a comprehensive overview of the substance abuse field, Substance Abuse: Information for School Counselors, Social Workers, Therapists and Counselors, Fifth Editioncombines the accessible writing style and succinct, practical topical coverage that have made it a market-leading resource for generalist students, prospective mental health professionals, and allied professionals. Continuing to cover basic pharmacology, models of addiction, assessment and diagnosis, cultural issues, intervention, treatment, recovery, support groups, children and families, other addictions, prevention, and confidentiality in its applied and concise style, this latest edition of Substance Abusecontains expanded coverage of screening and brief interventions, recovery oriented systems of care, spirituality and other current topics as well as a new chapter dedicated to motivational interviewing.

Author Biography

Gary L. Fisher is Professor in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno. He was the founder and first director of the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies where he developed undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education activities for addiction counselors, prevention specialists, and allied professionals. Dr. Fisher’s career has spanned 38 years and includes work as a private practice clinician and a public school psychologist. In addition to this textbook, he is the author of Rethinking Our War on Drugs: Candid Talk about Controversial Issues (2006), the senior editor of the Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (2009), and the author of Understanding Why Addicts are Not All Alike: Recognizing the Types and How Their Differences Affect Intervention and Treatment (2011).


Thomas Harrison is Associate Dean in the College of Education and Professor of Counseling and Educational Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He developed the initial drug testing program for the University of Florida Athletic Department and has been a consultant for the State of Nevada Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Dr. Harrison’s career has spanned 35 years in the field, including private counseling, sports psychology, and consulting practice. He is the author of Consultation for Contemporary Helping Professionals (2004) and several articles in professional journals.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: The Role of the Mental Health Professional in Prevention and Treatment 

The Need for Generalist Training 

Philosophical Orientation    

Professional Orientation   

Attitudes and Beliefs    

Denial, Minimization, Projection, and Rationalization    

Helping Attitudes and Behaviors    

Overview of the Book    

Chapter 2: Classification of Drugs

Case Examples     

Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act     

The Concept of Dangerousness    


The Neurobiology of Addiction        

Central Nervous System Depressants     

Central Nervous System Stimulants     




Inhalants and Volatile Hydrocarbons     

Anabolic Steroids     

Club Drugs     

Drugs Used in the Treatment of Mental Disorders     


Additional Reading    

Internet Resources     

Further Discussion    

Chapter 3: Models of Addiction

Case Examples     

The Moral Model     

Sociocultural Models of Addiction     

Psychological Models of Addiction    

Disease Concept of Addiction     

Biopsychosocial Model of Addiction     


Internet Resources     

Further Discussion    

Chapter 4: Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Groups

Native Americans and Alaska Natives     

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders     

African Americans     

Latino and Hispanic Populations     

The Elderly, Disabled, and Sexual Minority Populations     

Helping Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Populations     


Internet Resources     

Further Discussion    

Chapter 5: Confidentiality and Ethical Issues

Case Examples     

Confidentiality: 42 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 2 (42 CFR)     

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)     

Drug Testing     



Application of Confidentiality Regulations     


Internet Resources     

Further Discussion    

Chapter 6:  Screening, Assessment and Diagnosis

Case Examples     

Definitions of Use, Misuse, Abuse, and Dependence or Addiction     


Psychosocial History     

Signs of Adolescent Substance Abuse     

Self-Report Inventories     




Internet Resources     

Further Discussion    

Chapter 7: Motivational Interviewing and Brief Interventions

Case Examples     

Client Engagement     

Motivational Interviewing     

Brief Interventions     


Internet Resources     

Further Discussion    

Chapter 8: Treatment of AOD Problems

Case Examples     

Recovery Oriented Systems of Care    

How Many Are in Treatment? How Many Need Treatment?     

What Happens in Treatment?     

Treatment Strategies and Techniques     

Treatment Settings     

Principles of Effective Treatment     

Evidence-Based Treatment     

Treatment and Special Populations     

Case Example Applications        

Treatment Effectiveness     

Special Problems in Treatment     


Internet Resources     

Further Discussion    

Chapter 9: Relapse Prevention and Recovery

Case Example      

Need for Generalist Training in Relapse Prevention     

Definitions of Slip and Relapse     

Frequency of Slips and Relapse     

Is Relapse in Addiction Similar to Other Chronic Conditions?     

Models of Relapse Prevention     

Essential Components of Relapse Prevention     

Preventing Slips from Escalating     



Internet Resources     

Further Discussion    

Chapter 10: Twelve-Step and Other Types of Support Groups

Case Examples     

Alcoholics Anonymous     

Other Twelve-Step Groups    

Advantages and Disadvantages of Twelve-Step Groups    

Other Types of Support Groups    

Case Example Applications        


Internet Resources    

Further Discussion    

Chapter 11: Children and Families

Children’s Exposure to Alcohol and Other Drugs    

Family Exposure to Alcohol and Other Drugs    

Intergenerational Transmission of Alcoholism    

Women and Alcoholism    

Stepfamilies: System and Structure    

Helping Families    


Internet Resources    

Further Discussion    

Chapter 12:  Adult Children and Codependency

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOAs)    

Assessment and Treatment Considerations    


Implications for Mental Health Professionals     

Relationship of ACOA, AA, Al-Anon, and Codependency     

Codependency and Diversity     


Internet Resources     

Further Discussion   


Chapter 13: HIV/AIDS 255

Incidence and Prevalence     

Myths and Facts about HIV and AIDS     

Risk Factors and High-Risk Populations     

Assessment of Clients for HIV and AIDS: Signs and Symptoms     

Helping HIV-Infected Clients     

HIV-Related Issues Specific to the Helping Professional     


Internet Resources     

Further Discussion  


Chapter 14: Gambling and Other Addictions

Prevalence of Gambling and Gambling Problems     

Definitions of Gamblers and Problem Gambling     

Assessment and Diagnosis     

Treatment, Resources, and Support     

Other Addictions     

Food Addiction: The Eating Disorders     

Addiction to Sex and Love     

Internet Addiction     

Addiction to Work: Workaholism    

Assessment and Treatment Issues     


Internet Resources     

Further Discussion


Chapter 15: Prevention

Case Examples     

Why Are Prevention Efforts Needed?     

Policy Issues in Prevention     

Prevention Classification Systems     

What Works in Prevention     

Case Example Applications   

Evidence-Based Prevention     

Prevention Resources     

Prevention Specialists 


Internet Resources     

Further Discussion     






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