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Integrated Treatment for Mood and Substance Use Disorders

, 216 pages
December 2004
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Integrated Treatment for Mood and Substance Use Disorders

People with mood disorders often have simultaneous problems with addiction, and those with substance abuse problems are especially susceptible to mood disorder. The treatment of such patients can be particularly complicated, and many receive treatment for only one of their disorders.

In this book, fourteen clinicians discuss the extent of the problem, methods of assessment, typical courses, and treatments—including both psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. They address the all-too-frequent necessity of proceeding with treatment before a clear diagnosis is known, and they claim that distinguishing between primary and secondary disorders is initially less critical than previously assumed. Contending that clinicians treating comorbid mood / substance problems must be both more flexible and more watchful than those treating either disorder alone, the authors also describe various models of care. Throughout the book, they provide differing points of view on such issues as the value of pharmacotherapy for those still abusing psychoactive substances. Written for those who treat addictions, including counselors, clergy, and employee assistance staff, as well as for traditional mental health professionals, Integrated Treatment for Mood and Substance Use Disorders is an invaluable reference for any clinician who works with dually diagnosed clients.

Joseph J. Westermeyer, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., is a professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota and chief of psychiatry at the Minneapolis VA Hospital. Roger D. Weiss, M.D., is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a psychiatrist at McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts. Douglas M. Ziedonis, M.D., M.P.H., is an associate professor and the director of the division of addiction psychiatry in the department of psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

"In this short edited volume, three outstanding addiction psychiatrists provide practical information for frontline clinicians—medical and non-medical—who treat patients who have co-occurring mood and substance use disorders... The chapters offer a practical, useful perspective, and several add clarity to relatively neglected but common clinical situations."

"This is a book written for clinicians by knowledgeable and experienced clinicians who proffer a number of useful clinical pearls... The very existence of this clear, practical book targeted to mainstream clinicians is a hopeful sign that old mental health/addictions barriers have been gradually eroding."

"As a clinician, Integrated Treatment for Mood and Substance Use Disorders has made me more aware of factors that need to be considered when treating people with these complicated, but common, disorders. This book is a timely, relevant, and much-needed resource that provides valuable information about an issue that many clinicians do not fully understand, and I was able to integrate what I learned from it into my clinical work almost immediately after finishing it. I plan to refer to this book often, as well as share it with my coworkers."

"This book is a valuable contribution that stands out from others like it because of its clear focus on treatment. The fresh and insightful perspectives found in each chapter have much to offer the treating clinician."