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Community Treatment of Drug Misuse
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Methadone has been used successfully as a substitution agent for heroin dependency for more than 30 years. As a result of its success, other effective methods of treatment have been neglected. Established as a key text on all treatment options for drug misusers, Community Treatment of Drug Misuse: More Than Methadone has been highly praised for its practical orientation based on a solid research background. For the second edition, all the main evidence-based and more pragmatic treatment approaches are reviewed, not only in the management of opiate dependence, but across the range of drugs. It focuses extensively on developments in the last few years as a result of policy initiatives and research findings, including coverage of buprenorphine treatment, the systematic treatment of cocaine abuse and work with special patient groups. This is of direct relevance to medical as well as non-medical practitioners undertaking clinical work in the addictions.


Reviews of the first edition:‘… a well-written and stimulating book by an author whose opinions are informed by evidence and considerable experience in treating drug users.’

Source: The Lancet

‘… I would commend it as a worthwhile and practical friend who will provide reliable, relevant and understandable advice for any workers in this field, where guidance so frequently seems inaccessible or insufficient.’

Source: Health Bulletin

‘A gem … one of the handful of indispensable texts on drug misuse.’

Source: Journal of Substance Abuse

‘This lucidly written book deals with both mundane and controversial issues in a well thought out, informative and non-partisan way … This book will prove to be invaluable to clinicians and policy makers both old and new to the field.’

Source: Drug Link

'The book could have been written with me in mind - it is a more readable guide to practice than the orange guidelines, and I would certainly recommend it as a valuable companion for psychiatrists starting out in this field, for drug workers to understand more about the medications we use and why, and to GPs working in addiction (who may not have had the opportunity to experience as full a range of psychological and supportive interventions as those with a psychiatry background). … more experienced clinicians … too may benefit from a book which provides thought-provoking opportunities to re-examine theoretical and practical aspects of their work.'

Source: SCANbites

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