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This classic text provides a comprehensive, accessible overview of substance misuse and dependence with an emphasis on practical and evidence-based approaches to the assessment, management and prevention of a wide range of drug-related problems, in a variety of clinical and social settings. The book includes definitions of terms, and describes the effects and clinical characteristics of all substances of misuse. The theoretical background to these topics is clearly explained. For the fourth edition, every chapter has been revised to include the most up-to-date information, with the latest international data on the extent of the world drug problem. There is detailed emphasis on harm minimization, AIDS and hepatitis C and entirely new coverage of tobacco addiction and its management. This is an essential guide for all healthcare workers, health policy specialists, counselors and those seeking to train in areas related to addiction and substance misuse. • Describes a comprehensive range of approaches to managing drug-related problems including detoxification, psychotherapeutic, psychological and medical interventions • Contains the most up-to-date epidemiological data on the global drug problem and international drug control policies • Provides practical guidance and tools for the assessment of drug-related problems including a comprehensive substance abuse questionnaire Contents Preface; Introduction; 1. Drugs, addiction and behaviour; 2. The global drug problem – international perspectives; 3. Drugs of abuse and dependence; 4. Alcohol; 5. Tobacco use and addiction; 6. Assessment; 7. General measures of intervention; 8. Specific methods of treatment; 9. Complications of drug abuse and their treatment; 10. Special problems; 11. Follow-up and treatment outcome; 12. Prevention of drug abuse; 13. The law and drug-control policies; References and further reading; Appendices; Index. Reviews ‘… when it comes to applying the evidence of the real-life clinical situations that face a psychiatrist working with people who use illegal drugs, this book reaches the parts that a systematic review-driven approach cannot always reach …’ British Journal of Psychiatry ‘… every psychiatrist should have access to a copy for reference.’ Journal of Psychosomatic Research ‘… well researched, thorough and logically ordered.’ Drug and Alcohol Review ‘Not only does it provide a comprehensive overview of the subject but it is also written in a clear, lucid style that communicates easily with broad readership. Professor Ghodse’s text will remain a comprehensive guide and essential reading for a new generation of professionals working in the field of addictions.’ Psychological Medicine