Synopses & Reviews
Two experienced addiction treatment professionals present a practice-oriented approach to understanding and overcoming addiction to cocaine, with the addition of a treatment protocol for working with clients addicted to methamphetamines. Citing the latest research, Washton and Zweben explain how to approach clients about their drug use, when and how to involve family members, and how to prevent relapse. Specific strategies are brought to life with case examples.
The book includes an overview of cocaine and methamphetamine use in America; an explanation of the effects of stimulant drugs on the brain, body, and behavior; the process by which addiction develops; signs of stimulant abuse and dependence; treatment options; establishing abstinence and stages of recovery; the distinct benefits of individual, group, and family psychotherapy; and twelve-step programs. Appendices include patient handouts and worksheets, a resource list for patients and family members, and a resource list for treatment professionals.
Two experienced addiction treatment professionals present a practice-oriented approach to working with addicted individuals. Specific strategies are brought to life with case examples. Key issues are addressed, including how to approach clients about their drug use, when and how to involve family members, and how to prevent relapse.
"A clear and vivid picture of cocaine addiction: the drug, the progression of drug dependence, and most important, the outpatient treatment and recovery process." --Sheila B. Blume, M.D., South Oaks Hospital, Amityville, New York
A practical guide to understanding and overcoming addiction to cocaine and meth.
Cocaine is America's fastest growing drug problem, especially since the appearance of crack. This concise, highly practical book is a detailed guide to clinical assessment and treatment of cocaine addiction, with emphasis on outpatient treatment and relapse prevention strategies. In a straightforward, uncomplicated style, the author provides a wealth of practical information that is useful not only to professionals but also to cocaine users themselves, as well as to their families, friends, and employers--all of whom can benefit from an increased understanding of the addiction and its treatment.
About the Author
Arnold Washton, PhD, is an addiction psychologist in private practice at Recovery Options in New York City and Princeton, New Jersey. Specializing in the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse since 1975, he was among the first clinicians to identify the emerging cocaine epidemic in the early 1980s and to establish specialized treatment programs for cocaine abusers. He has served as substance abuse advisor to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the White House Office on Drug Abuse Policy, the NationalInstitute on Drug Abuse, the U.S. State Department, professional sports teams, major corporations, foreign governments, and subcommittees of the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the New York State Senate.