Understanding Why Addicts Are Not All Alike

Understanding Why Addicts Are Not All Alike

Recognizing the Types and How Their Differences Affect Intervention and Treatment

Book - 2011
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A new understanding of substance abuse explores treatment issues based on subtypes of addicts, with a special focus on antisocial personality disorder and functional addiction.


A new understanding of substance abuse explores treatment issues based on subtypes of addicts, with a special focus on antisocial personality disorder and functional addiction.


• Case studies of real people that illustrate the three subtypes of addicts

• Offers specific intervention and treatment recommendations based on subtype

• Gives a firsthand look at actual functional addicts who continue to use illicit drugs

• Presents a realistic discussion of the poor prognosis for antisocial personality addicts and what can be done to manage this population



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In this work for students and professionals in substance abuse treatment, Fisher (Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies, the U. of Nevada-Reno) makes the case for differentiating interventions and treatment based on subtypes of addict populations. The author hopes to challenge common assumptions of professionals in the field and to move the field in the direction of earlier intervention, longer treatment, and more effective management of treatment and post-treatment recovery. The book begins by describing five subtypes identified in the 2001-2002 National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). The author then presents a framework of three subtypes of addicts: addicts who fit the classic disease model of addiction, those with antisocial personality disorder, and the understudied group known as functional addicts. Cases demonstrating each subtype are based on interviews with real clients telling their own stories. The author makes radical recommendations such as residential drug-consumption facilities and peer recovery support networks for antisocial addicts. Appendices review classes of drugs and major treatment approaches and strategies, and list print, Internet, and organizational resources. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, c2011
Description: xiii, 169 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780313387074
0313387079
Branch Call Number: 362.29 Fis

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