Recovery options The complete guide

Joseph Volpicelli

Book - 2000

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New York : Wiley 2000.
Main Author
Joseph Volpicelli (-)
Other Authors
Maia Szalavitz (-)
Item Description
"Published simultaneously in Canada."
"How you and your loved ones can understand and treat alcohol and other drug problems"--Cover.
Physical Description
303 p.
Includes index.
  • The Problem And The Search For Solutions
  • Understanding Problems with Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Drugs 101
  • What Causes Addiction??
  • Addiction Treatment Philosophies
  • What Works, What Doesn't
  • For Families: Stages of Change and Ways to Make a Difference
  • Overcoming Barriers to Recovery
  • How to Choose Treatment
  • The Options
  • BRENDA: The Penn Paradigm
  • Getting Off: Medications to Help You Quit
  • Medications to Reduce Craving and Relapse
  • Twelve-Step Programs
  • Other Self-help Groups
  • The Minnesota Model
  • Therapeutic Communities
  • Moderate-Drinking Approaches
  • Harm Reduction
  • Methadone
  • Alternative Treatments
  • Teen Treatment
  • Life After Treatment
  • Relapse and Relapse Prevention
  • Emotional and Psychological Problems in Recovery
  • A New Life: Maintaining Recovery in the Long Run
  • Appendix
  • Notes
  • Index
Review by Booklist Review

Physician and psychologist Volpicelli has considerable experience in treating addicts. He met Szalavitz, an addict, on the Internet. Their shared goal is to give potential recovery patients sufficient information about various kinds of problems and treatments to make informed choices that answer their specific, personal needs. Alcoholism, for example, has many causes and several treatments, each with its own philosophy; Volpicelli reports his success with naltrexone. He and Szalavitz stress the importance of the stages of change in the treatment process. The patient must realize that reaching each stage is a positive step and that progress is to be measured by where one is in relation to where one has been, not by how much further there is to go. Volpicelli emphasizes the importance of relapse prevention and having the right approach to a relapse. "Making one mistake doesn't make you a mistake," he proclaims. This is realistic, open-minded, and humane guidance for dealing with addiction. William Beatty

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Review by Library Journal Review

With in-depth explanations of street drugs, pharmaceutical drugs, and handy tips such as how to select a counselor, a treatment, or a self-help group, this work is chockfull of valuable information geared primarily to substance abusers in any stage before and during recovery. The book also offers "For Family Members & Loved Ones" segments as well as "Knowledge Is Power" sections that summarize many of the chapters but don't quite compensate for the lack of an index. Volpicelli, a senior scientist at Penn/VA Center for Research on Addictive Diseases, shares his impressive knowledge of addiction with scientific precision but uses practical advice and vignettes to illustrate topics. Szalavitz, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and recovered addict, lends an experiential voice that makes this book even more empathetic. Recommended for public, medical, and academic libraries with clinical concentrations.DPaula N. Arnold, ingenta inc, Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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