Mark Schuckit’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse has been a clinical mainstay for over a quarter century. Now the author’s trusted expertise is available in a new Sixth Edition, thoroughly revised for content, updated references, and streamlined for increased usefulness.
Schuckit combines his experience as practitioner, researcher, and teacher to give professionals and students across the health and mental health disciplines a working knowledge of drug-related pathology, beginning with pharmacology, drug mechanisms, and genetic factors. And the Sixth Edition is as accessible as its predecessors, striking the right comfort level for the classroom or the emergency room.
-Clinical/emergency orientation suited to both chronic misuse and acute situations
-Coverage reflects current trends in alcohol, drug, and multidrug use, abuse, and dependence
-Concise chapters for quick reference
-Updated bibliography—approximately 80% of citations are post-2000
-Diagnostic information reflects upcoming changes to the DSM
-Latest strategies in treatment (psychological and pharmacological) and rehabilitation
All material is organized for ease of use, whether the reader needs fast answers in a crisis, seeks new ideas for helping long-term patients or clients, or is just becoming familiar with the different drug classifications. This new edition offers expanded knowledge of a wide-ranging problem and a growing and clinically important population, and authoritative suggestions for effective care.
Reviewer:Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description:This book is a clinically oriented approach to the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse/dependence disorders.
Purpose:The book's purpose is help clinicians feel comfortable with diagnosis and treatment of substance use problems and offer the best clinical care possible. Yes, these are worthy objectives. Yes, the book does meet the author's objectives.
Audience:The book is written for physicians, psychologists, social workers, and any other health care professional that works with substance use problems. The author is a credible authority on the matter.
Features:The book begins with a general overview of drug classes and a discussion of substance abuse/dependence. The subsequent chapters deal with a particular class of drug - from stimulants to alcohol to OTC (over-the-counter) medications. There is a further discussion of multi-drug abuse problems, rehabilitation, and emergency treatment at the end of the text. Each section contains a breakdown of presenting clinical pictures to appropriate labs and treatment. Of note, there is numbering system headlining each subsection allowing for quick cross referencing with other portions of the book.
Assessment:This is an excellent text for the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse/dependence problems. It has been updated in this sixth edition with more current references, streamlined chapters, and revised treatment modalities. The chapters are concise and the information delivered in a clear, precise manner. The two chapters on alcohol are particularly well done. However, I would have preferred a more extensive discussion of multi-drug abuse problems and treatment. Overall, a very handy reference to have on your shelf.