The Treatment of Drinking Problems: A Guide to the Helping Professions

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-11-08
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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The Treatment of Drinking Problems has become the definitive text in the field of alcohol problems. It addresses the frontline realities of clinical practice in an informed and empathetic way, whilst grounding this approach in critical scientific review. Now in its fifth edition, the text has been thoroughly revised and updated with new sections covering interventions for hazardous and harmful drinking, dependent drinking, and the different settings in which alcohol problems are encountered. Clinical vignettes are used throughout the text to bring the discussion to life and to address the frontline realities of clinical practice. This is a highly readable and practical guide for anyone, generalist or specialist, treating or caring for someone with an alcohol problem.

Author Biography

E. Jane Marshall is Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and Senior Lecturer in the Addictions, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK. Keith Humphreys is Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford School of Medicine, and Research Career Scientist, Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto, USA. David M. Ball is Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
A note on the fifth editionp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Background to understanding
Definitions of drinking problemsp. 3
Alcohol as a drugp. 17
Causes of drinking problemsp. 27
Social complications of drinking problemsp. 36
Physical complications of excessive drinkingp. 50
Drinking problems and psychiatric disordersp. 73
Alcohol and other drug problemsp. 94
Various presentationsp. 105
Treatment: context and content
Introduction, settings and rolesp. 121
Non-specialist settingp. 126
Assessment as the beginning of therapyp. 143
Withdrawal states and treatment of withdrawalp. 165
The basic work of treatmentp. 180
Specialist treatmentp. 197
Alcoholics Anonymous and other mutual-help organizationsp. 218
Spiritual and religious issues in treatmentp. 227
Working towards normal drinkingp. 236
When things go wrong and putting them rightp. 244
Indexp. 255
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