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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Clinical Topics in Addiction

Edited by Ed Day

Price: £25.00

Members' discount available

Published: Oct 2007

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 348

ISBN: 9781904671503

Clinical Topics in Addiction

Addiction to psychoactive substances can lead to a range of biological, psychological and social problems, and the clinical management of these issues can often be complex.


This book brings together papers from the College’s popular journal Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, which have been updated to give systematic, authoritative and well-referenced accounts of over 20 key clinical topics relating to substance misuse. It is written by practitioners with extensive experience of managing these difficulties, and provides a handy synthesis of clinical, research and policy issues. Taking a very practical focus, the contents will be of use to any practitioner who comes across a patient with an addiction, and in particular to trainees in addiction psychiatry.


Topics covered include:


  • Gambling
  • All major psychoactive substances
  • Comorbidity with mental health problems
  • Addiction in special populations, including young people, pregnant women and offenders
  • Psychological and pharmacological treatments
  • Addiction policy.

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"Day et al have produced a very useful guide to the assessment and treatment of such disorders incorporating both UK and international evidence and guidance. ...The information is well presented and easily accessible. ...I would recommend Clinical Topics in Addiction to any clinician who has to deal with such problems; not just for the addiction specialists, but also for other psychiatric specialities and doctors in general practice surgeries."

The British Journal of Psychiatry


Foreword by Nat Wright


1. What works in drug addiction? - Jason Luty

2. The development of the drug treatment system in England - David Best, Sanju 
    George and Ed Day

3. Stimulant use still going strong - Nicholas Seivewright, Charles McMahon and Paul

4. Adverse effects of khat: a review - Glenice Cox and Hagen Rampes

5. What the clinician needs to know about magic mushrooms - Nicholas Seivewright and
    Olawale Lagundoye

6. What works in alcohol use disorders? - Jason Luty

7. Management of alcohol detoxification - Duncan Raistrick

8. Nicotine addiction and smoking cessation treatments - Jason Luty

9. Pathological gambling: an overview of assessment and treatment - Sanju George and
    Vijaya Murali

10. Use of investigations in the diagnosis and management of alcohol use disorders - Colin
      Drummond, Hamid Ghodse and Sanjoo Chengappa

11. Laboratory investigations for assessment and management of drug problems - Kim Wolff,
      Sarah Welch and John Strang

12. Pharmacotherapy in dual diagnosis - Ilana B. Crome and Tracey Myton

13. Dual diagnosis: management within a psychosocial context - Mohammed T. Abou-Saleh

14. Treating depression complicated by substance misuse - Claire McIntosh and Bruce Ritson

15. Treating anxiety complicated by substance misuse - Anne Lingford-Hughes, John Potokar
       and David Nutt

16. An overview of psychological interventions for addictive behaviours - Adam Huxley and
      Alex Copello

17. Motivational interviewing - Janet Treasure

18. Substance misuse in adolescents - Harith Swadi and Sangeeta Ambegaokar

19. Management of drug misuse in pregnancy - Ed Day and Sanju George

20. Intoxication and legal defences - Quazi Haque and Ian Cumming

21. Substance misuse and violence: the scope and limitations of forensic psychiatry’s role -
      Peter Snowden

22. Literary and biographical perspectives on substance use - Ed Day and Iain Smith


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