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Addictions : elements, history, treatments, and research
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Addictions (Frankenburg)
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9781440863394
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xxxi, 244 pages ; 25 cm.
Summary:
This book offers an accessible and comprehensive yet compact description of various forms of addiction, a disorder suffered by one in every 10 people in the United States. Now thought of as a brain disorder, addiction affects millions of individuals, their families, and society at large. Written by experts who treat people with addiction, this text provides an up-to-date explanation of different addictions with respect to their history, treatments, and related research. Readers will understand the causes, complications, and treatment of addictions after reading this text. Chapters cover the most serious addictions to drugs-alcohol, tobacco, opioids, stimulants, inhalants, and sedative hypnotics-and to highly addictive activity now recognized as a behavioral addiction, gambling. Research into these addictions and treatments for each specific addiction are reviewed. Chapters also consider rapidly changing issues related to addiction, including the increase in deaths due to the opioid epidemic, the evolving legal status of marijuana, and the use of hallucinogens in therapy. In addition to forms of addiction, the text addresses the neurobiology of addiction; brain pathways involved in addiction are just beginning to be understood. • Addresses history, signs/symptoms, incidence, personal, familial, societal, and economic effects • Chapters include case studies and emerging research • Features a glossary for easy explanations of terms • Includes a further reading list for more information
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This book offers an accessible and comprehensive yet compact description of various forms of addiction, a disorder suffered by one in every 10 people in the United States.

Now thought of as a brain disorder, addiction affects millions of individuals, their families, and society at large. Written by experts who treat people with addiction, this text provides an up-to-date explanation of different addictions with respect to their history, treatments, and related research. Readers will understand the causes, complications, and treatment of addictions after reading this text.

Chapters cover the most serious addictions to drugs--alcohol, tobacco, opioids, stimulants, inhalants, and sedative hypnotics--and to highly addictive activity now recognized as a behavioral addiction, gambling. Research into these addictions and treatments for each specific addiction are reviewed. Chapters also consider rapidly changing issues related to addiction, including the increase in deaths due to the opioid epidemic, the evolving legal status of marijuana, and the use of hallucinogens in therapy. In addition to forms of addiction, the text addresses the neurobiology of addiction; brain pathways involved in addiction are just beginning to be understood.

* Addresses history, signs/symptoms, incidence, personal, familial, societal, and economic effects

* Chapters include case studies and emerging research

* Features a glossary for easy explanations of terms

* Includes a further reading list for more information


Author Notes

Frances R. Frankenburg , MD, is professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. She is author of several books, including Brain Robbers: How Alcohol, Cocaine, Nicotine, and Opiates Have Changed Human History .


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Library Journal Review

Frankenburg (psychiatry, Boston Univ. Sch. of Medicine) compiles essays on addiction to alcohol, cannabis, opioids, and other substances, with a chapter devoted to gambling. Contributors are experts in the field who generally take a neurobiological disease theory approach rather than viewing substance abuse as a choice, although they consider personality and environmental factors, too. Readers will learn about symptoms, causes, effects, current research, and treatments, and each entry is capped by a bibliography. Case studies describe individuals of a variety of ages and income levels and acknowledge the complexity of these issues. VERDICT This supportive and authoritative reference will be of solid use to students, beginning researchers, and family members of addicts looking for broad guidance.