About the book
Drug addiction represents a major public health concern which cuts across and impacts all segments of society. While our understanding of the neurobiological, behavioral, environmental, and social contexts which contribute the development of drug use and addiction continues to grow, significant inroads into combatting addiction will only be made when this knowledge is translated into clinical practice.
The purpose of this book is to examine recent advances in those areas most relevant to clinical care of drug addicted individuals. Review chapters and research articles will examine issues relevant to diagnosis such as dual diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and the evolution of diagnostic scope and criteria. Current evidence based psychotherapeutic, pharmacotherapeutic and other innovative approaches for treating addiction will be addressed. Special attention will also be directed towards important issues which span both the diagnosis and treatment of addictions including, cultural competency, ethics, healthcare economics, public policy, and special populations and contexts.