Cocaine & Methamphetamine Addiction: Treatment, Recovery, and Relapse Prevention

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2009 - Psychology - 288 pages
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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.

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Cocaine and Methamphetamine Use in America
Understanding Stimulant Drugs
Stimulants and Sex
Treatment Approaches and Considerations
Quitting Strategies
Relapse Prevention Strategies
The Role of SelfHelp Programs
The Role of the Family
Appendix Substance Abuse Web Sites

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About the author (2009)

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 National Institute 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.

Joan Ellen Zweben, PhD, is founder and Executive Director of the 14th Street Clinic (1979-2007), and East Bay Community Recovery Project (1989- present), organizations providing comprehensive treatment in Oakland, California. She is committed to providing flexible, evidence-based treatment to challenging and underserved populations. Dr. Zweben is a clinical psychologist with over thirty-five years' experience in treating addiction, and training treatment practitioners. She is the author of 3 books, over 55 articles or book chapters and editor of 15 monographs on treating addiction. She is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.

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