The book provides an in-depth, research-based analysis of three specific subtypes of substance abusers: addicts who fit the disease model, addicts with antisocial personality disorder, and functional addicts—those who lead otherwise successful lives. Particular attention is paid to the latter two groups, which have not been adequately studied previously. Characteristics of the three subtypes are illustrated through case studies that clearly demonstrate how subtype impacts prevention, intervention, and treatment. Most important, the book recommends practical intervention and treatment strategies that will enable concerned parties to identify—and help—each of these distinct groups.
New to This Edition
*Reflects over a decade of research advances and the tremendous growth of harm reduction clinical practice and training.
*Section on applications, with chapters on community-based settings, harm reduction groups, and working with families and friends.
*Chapters on biological and psychodynamic aspects of treatment.
*Expanded discussions of trauma, cultural sensitivity, and ethics.
*Supplemental resources and training information at the authors' website: www.harmreductiontherapy.org.
See also the authors' related self-help guide, Over the Influence, Second Edition, an ideal client recommendation.
Addiction is a complex condition that affects not only the person struggling with addiction, but their friends, family, and community. It can be hard to treat and even harder to understand. This book breaks down this multi-faceted condition by addressing the problems that people with addiction face, how loved ones cope with those closest to them struggling with addiction and how communities and society are affected by this disease. To understand addiction is to understand a problem that affects us on an individual level and a broader level – addiction is an illness we all experience personally, among our community and in our society.