Editors: Subhash C. Bhatia, Frederick Petty, Teri Gabel

Substance and Non Substance Related Addiction Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment

eBook: US $21 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $129
Printed Copy: US $119
Library License: US $84
ISBN: 978-1-68108-344-5 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-343-8 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2017
DOI: 10.2174/97816810834381170101


Substance and Non substance Related Addiction Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment is an accessible handbook about the two main types of addiction disorders. It is divided into three sections which cover 1) the scientific underpinnings of addiction disorders (neurobiology, addiction neural reward pathways, genetic and psychosocial basis of addiction, screening and treatment), 2) information about substances commonly used by addicts (pharmacology, diagnostics and treatment considerations) and 3) current understandings of the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral problems (such as gambling), respectively.

Key features:

-covers both substance abuse and behavioral problems

-uses a reader friendly format with a patient education handout style

-includes key learning points listed in each chapter

-includes key learning points listed in each chapter

-includes clinical vignettes which outline brief history, evaluation, diagnostic considerations with successful pharmacological, psychological and social interventions

-includes references in each chapter

The handbook meets the information needs of medical students and professionals (family physicians, nurses, addiction therapists, psychiatry residents, and other health care professionals) interested in the primary care of patients afflicted with addiction disorders.


About one person in three has a problem with potentially hazardous drug or alcohol use which often goes unrecognized. Excessive or hazardous use of drugs, including tobacco, and of alcohol, can have very negative biological, psychological and socio-economic consequences from the direct effect of the substances. In social realm addictive behaviors take a toll on relationships with friends and family. Also often harm can occur to the patient by failure to comply with medical or psychosocial treatment for abstinence or unsupervised withdrawal or through drug interactions. Thus, every practitioner should have knowledge regarding diagnosis and treatment of common substance use disorders.

The authors share with the readers wealth of information based on their experience about diagnosis and management of common substances of abuse as well as neurobiological underpinning of these disorders. Each chapter in section II features discussion of diagnosis, and approaches to treatment and highlights cases with approaches to the patient delineated.

The practitioners should find this volume useful, helpful, and interesting in helping to provide optimal health care to his or her patients.

Frederick Petty
Department of Psychiatry
Creighton University
VA Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System
Orlando VA Medical Center
Orlando, Florida


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