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Everything You Need to Know About Drugs, Addiction, & Recovery by Henry Abraham, CADC is one of the most comprehensive handbooks about addiction ever written.

In addition to providing basic information about use disorders involving highly toxic and sometimes fatal drugs, the book offers insight into the nature of addiction, how to prevent it and how to recover from it.

Q. WHAT DOES THE WORKBOOK CONTAIN?

A. This handbook offers a summary of the most common legal and illegal drugs that are frequently associated with addictive behaviors. Included are descriptions of the appearance and forms of each substance, how they are absorbed, and a range of symptoms and side effects that can indicate toxicity and life-threatening situations. There is also a section outlining effective methods of treatment. Statistics and sources were obtained from government websites and nationally recognized health resources and are used to identify and describe specific substances or symptoms of specific addictions
from a medical perspective.

Q. WHAT DOES THIS WORKBOOK DO?

A. It is an extensive collection of information written in a practical way anyone can understand. It describes and explains in detail the most common addictions experienced today. Compiled by an expert with 37 years of experience, the material can help anyone understand the nature of addiction, its causes, and its effects on physical and mental health. Readers will learn the different types of drugs being misused by youth and adults and the rising mortality rate that is reaching epidemic proportions involving the use of opiates.

Q. WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THE WORKBOOK?

A. Those struggling to escape destructive addictions will discover ways of understanding their needs and dealing with them in more effective and safer ways. They will learn about different types of therapy and will be able to choose one that best fits their personality and lifestyle. If one type of treatment doesn’t work, there are numerous others to consider. Professionals working in the mental health field and in social services, along with the other areas indicated above, will be better informed to be able to recognize problem behaviors in the addicted person and provide appropriate care for treatment and recovery.

Q. WHO CAN USE THIS WORKBOOK?

A. Anyone who knows someone or is concerned about his or her own addiction will find this book insightful and highly informative. Family members and loved ones as well as coworkers and friends, will become informed about what to look for in addictive behavior’s and ways they can provide emotional support and guidance, or referral to a substance use disorder specialist. Professionals working in the addictions and mental health fields can use this handbook as a resource or refresher to learn about common addictions, as well as signs and symptoms of substance use. Service providers assisting those with dual diagnoses will also find relevant information in the book. Experts involved with cross-training in coordinate psychiatric and addictive disorders are likely to appreciate the information in this volume. In addition, therapists, counselors, psychologists, social workers, social services providers, case managers, educators, health care providers, support staff, probation officers, emergency room personel, first responders, residential or outpatient treatment and care staff, and many others will find this book highly relevant and informative. It can serve as a valuable teaching tool for recovery groups, academic courses on addiction and recovery, and others.

Q. HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS WORKBOOK?

A. Most people know little about addictions. In fact, many have died because those around them did not recognize the signs and symptoms of addiction and overdose. If all of us knew the signs and symptoms of addiction or dangerous addictive behavior, we could take steps to try and intervene in an person’s life to prevent illness, injury, or even death.

Q. WHY DO I NEED THIS WORKBOOK?

A. Instead of poring over a medical textbook or psychiatric case studies, which can be difficult to read and understand, this handbook was written for the general public and professional service providers as a convenient source for obtaining facts about addiction. With more and more people overdosing, a quick and easy to use reference guide has never been more important. Readers can immediately find a specific addiction, identify symptoms, and read about treatment options.