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Edwards' Treatment of Drinking Problems
A Guide for the Helping Professions

6th Edition


  • Date Published: May 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107519527

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  • Presenting state-of-the-art, accessible reviews of the expanding science of alcohol treatment, integrated with down to earth, practical guides to the management of a wide range of clinical situations, this new edition is compassionate toward patients, optimistic about treatment, and candid about the clinical and professional challenges embedded in the treatment endeavour. The coverage updates the science that has occurred in the half-decade since the last edition, most notably in the areas of neuroscience, neuroimaging and pharmacotherapy, and includes expanded discussion of historical and public policy forces that have shaped the alcohol treatment field. The book recognizes that drinking problems occur across all social structures and cannot be neatly confined to the specialist addiction treatment sector. This text is relevant to all those working to help those with a drinking problem, meeting the needs of general medical practitioners, psychiatrists and other medical specialists, nurses, psychotherapists, counselors, psychologists, alcohol support workers, social workers and occupational therapists, amongst others.

    • Updates the classic brand originated by the world famous addictionologist Griffith Edwards
    • Equips the widest range of health professionals with the tools to respond effectively to patients with drinking disorders
    • Tailors the advice to the realities of an individual's situation rather than suggesting a one-size-fits-all solution
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    Product details

    • Edition: 6th Edition
    • Date Published: May 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107519527
    • length: 274 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 157 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 27 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    A note on the sixth edition
    Part I. Background to Understanding:
    1. Definitions of drinking problems
    2. Alcohol as a drug
    3. Causes of drinking problems
    4. Social complications of drinking problems
    5. Physical complications of excessive drinking
    6. Drinking problems and psychiatric disorders
    7. Alcohol and other drug problems
    Part II. Treatment: Context and Content:
    8. Introduction, settings and roles
    9. Case-finding and intervention in non-specialty settings
    10. Assessment of patients with drinking problems
    11. Withdrawal states and their clinical management
    12. The therapeutic relationship
    13. Specialist treatment of drinking problems
    14. Alcoholics Anonymous and other mutual-help organizations
    15. Religion, spirituality and values in the treatment of drinking problems
    16. Pursuing treatment outcomes other than abstinence
    17. Managing setbacks and challenges in the treatment of drinking problems

  • Authors

    Keith Humphreys, Stanford University School of Medicine, California
    Keith Humphreys is a Professor and the Section Director for Mental Health Policy in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Research Career Scientist at the VA Health Services Research Center in Palo Alto and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. Dr Humphreys has been extensively involved in the formation of public policy, having served as a member of the White House Commission on Drug Free Communities, the VA National Mental Health Task Force, and the National Advisory Council of the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

    Anne Lingford-Hughes, Imperial College London
    Anne Lingford-Hughes is Professor of Addiction Biology at Imperial College London and a Consultant Psychiatrist with a particular interest in pharmacological treatments of alcohol problems and comorbidity at Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust. Professor Lingford-Hughes is past Honorary General Secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology. She co-developed and wrote their guidelines about the pharmacological management of substance misuse and addiction and comorbidity with psychiatric disorders. She has also contributed to NICE guidance regarding pharmacotherapy of opiate detoxification and alcohol misuse and dependence.

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