Rethinking Substance Abuse: What the Science Shows, and What We Should Do about It

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“This book is an important contribution to our understanding of how to apply substance use research to remedy, prevention, and policy. Preeminent researchers have written chapters that focus on their respective areas of expertise. Each chapter provides a concise picture of the research activities currently underway in the area at hand and summarizes current findings. All of the important domains of research on substance use problems are covered. McLellan provides a compelling critique of the current remedy system, arguing that it is not capable of incorporating evidence-based practices. Miller and Carroll propose a radical restructuring of the now largely segregated substance abuse prevention and remedy system so that it becomes integrated into the health and mental health systems. All those interested in substance use policy should read this book.”–Daniel Yalisove, PhD, Department of Psychology and Addiction Studies Program, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

“Two thought leaders in substance abuse have done a remarkable service for clinicians and researchers: they have put together a distillation of what research has taught about the nature of addiction and its remedy. This volume is well focused, comprehensive, and rather readable.”–Marc Galanter, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, New York University School of Medicine

“If you teach about substance use and abuse, as I do, you and your students will greatly value this book. Like other exemplary volumes that review what we know about substance abuse, it offers state of the art overviews of biological, psychological, and social factors in and treatments for substance abuse. But it also does a good deal more. Above all, the book anticipates important future developments and weighs them for their affect on prevention and remedy. Since the editors and contributors are leading authorities on these matters, This can be a book that can be taken seriously.”–Peter E. Nathan, PhD, Department of Psychology and Department of Community and Behavioral Health, University of Iowa

“This can be a rare book in the addictions field. It assembles the most up-to-date scientific knowledge in the social and biological sciences to advance the field with regard to the etiology, prevention, and remedy of substance use problems. The book provides a new understanding of how scientific principles can be utilized in addressing common human issues associated with addictions. The themes that emerge will be of interest to practitioners in pursuit of transdisciplinary research for purposes of improving interventions and services for alcohol and drug problems.”–Allen Zweben, DSW, Columbia University School of Social Work

“The book does a great job of explaining the science in easy-to-understand language….The book is multiauthored, each chapter written by a researcher with expertise in a particular area of substance abuse, spanning the range from genetics of substance abuse disorders, to religion and spirituality, to systems issues in delivery of substance abuse remedy. Technical jargon is kept to a minimum, and each chapter ends with a list of general principles that summarize the key points. The gap between what is known and what is practiced is disheartening. This brave little book points out that there are effective treatments, and this is definitely not the time to surrender.”

, Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic Published On: 2010-06-05

“An important contribution to the field….its wide-ranging information is accessible to a broad audience….Each chapter exhibits fluidity and comprehensiveness….Both experts and novices alike will find this book to be interesting and informative….A contemporary and inclusive resource for understanding substance use from a number of perspectives and serves an important contribution to the field of .”

, Addiction Published On: 2010-06-05

“Notable for its structure and noteworthy for its fresh application of recent science to the remedy and prevention of addictions….All the chapters are written by recognized experts in the field….This text provides an excellent foundation for clinicians, program administrators, policy makers, and students who wish to orient themselves to the field of addiction studies. The summary of research may challenge current prevention and remedy practices by providing a fresh perspective on the field. The interdisciplinary nature of the book is one of its greatest strengths. It introduces the reader to the most salient points of research across the wide spectrum of addiction studies.”

, PsycCRITIQUES Published On: 2010-06-05

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Kathleen M. Carroll, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. The writer of over 180 journal articles and chapters, her research and clinical interests lie in the area of developing and evaluating behavioral therapies for substance use disorders, and combining therapies to maximize remedy outcome. Dr. Carroll is the past president of Division 50 (Addictions) of the American Psychological Association, and holds both Senior Scientist and MERIT awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the latter being awarded to the top 1% of National Institute of Health investigators.

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