Concepts of Chemical Dependency,
11th Edition

Harold E. Doweiko, Amelia Evans

ISBN-13: 9780357764497
Copyright 2024 | Published
736 pages | List Price: USD $250.95

From inhalants and alcohol to synthetic drugs and opioids, Doweiko/Evans' CONCEPTS OF CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY, 11th EDITION, covers the explosion of information regarding the understanding, identification and treatment of substance use disorders. Author Amelia Evans, continuing Harold Doweiko’s work on prior editions, also examines the use and misuse of tobacco, barbiturates, amphetamines, cocaine and hallucinogens, as well as substances frequently left out of other books -- such as aerosols, steroids and over-the-counter analgesics. One thing you won't find is a judgmental approach preaching that "drugs are bad for you." By studying the facts and concepts in this book, you get the information you need to understand relevant research related to misused substances and help your clients overcome substance use challenges.


1. Why Worry About Substance Misuse or Substance Use Disorders?
2. The Nature of the Beast.
3. A Brief Introduction to the Science of Pharmacology.
4. An Introduction to Alcohol: Man's Oldest Recreational Chemical.
5. The Alcohol Use Disorders.
6. Misuse of Barbiturates and Barbiturate-Like Compounds.
7. Misuse of Benzodiazepines and Similar Agents.
8. Use and Misuse of Central Nervous System Stimulants.
9. Cocaine Misuse and Cocaine Use Disorder.
10. Cannabis Use, Misuse and Cannabis Use Disorder.
11. Opioid Use, Misuse, and Opioid Use Disorder.
12. Hallucinogen Misuse.
13. Misuse of Inhalants and Aerosols.
14. The Under-Recognized Problem of Steroid Misuse.
15. Tobacco Products and Tobacco Use.
16. Over-the-Counter Analgesics.
17. Chemicals and the Neonate.
18. Gender and Substance Use Disorders.
19. Hidden Faces of Substance Use Disorders.
20. Substance Misuse by Children and Adolescents.
21. Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders in College Students.
22. Substance Use Disorders and the Older Adult.
23. Substance Use Disorders and the Family.
24. Codependency and Enabling.
25. The Client with Co-Occurring Disorders.
26. The Biopsychosocial Model of the Addictions.
27. The Substance Use Disorders and Spirituality/Religion.
28. The Screening and Assessment of Suspected Substance Use Disorders.
29. Intervention.
30. Treatment Settings.
31. The Treatment of Substance Use Disorders.
32. The Process of Treatment.
33. Pharmacological Interventions for Substance Use Disorders.
34. Return to Use and Other Problems Frequently Encountered in Substance Treatment.
35. Support Groups to Promote and Sustain Recovery.
36. Substance Use Disorders and Infectious Disease.
37. The Debate over Drugs.
38. The Debate Over Legalization.

  • Harold E. Doweiko

    Dr. Harold E. Doweiko, a licensed psychologist, has been on the staff at the Gundersen-Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin, for 19 years. He works with the substance abuse rehabilitation program, the chronic pain management program and traditional adult mental health patients, including "dual diagnosis" patients. He has served with the La Crosse County Drug Court for several years, and as a professional witness on the topic of substance use disorders for federal and state courts in Kansas, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Dr. Doweiko has been an adjunct faculty member for colleges in both Wisconsin and Minnesota, most recently with the Viterbo University counselor education program in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

  • Amelia Evans

    Dr. Amelia (Amy) L. Evans, a licensed professional clinical counselor, is an associate professor and program director for the Master of Arts in Counseling program at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She first began work with substance use disorders during her doctoral internship at Hazelden in Center City, Minnesota, now Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Since beginning her teaching career, she has trained mental health counselors and addictions counselors, as well as counselors planning to be dually licensed to work with co-occurring disorders.

  • This edition uses the preferred language implemented by the field, helping students adopt appropriate terminology that avoids labeling individuals who struggle with substance use disorders.

  • Coverage of the ongoing changes related to legalization of medical and recreational cannabis helps you show your students the trends in legalization as well as the related concerns and debates.

  • Updated research about all substances covered in the text includes recent details on prevalence and current trends, including from a global perspective.

  • Updated material on synthetic substances helps instructors teach about the ever-changing options regarding access to substances that students will encounter in their future work.

  • New Chapter 22 covers substance use and misuse in older adults.

  • Discussion questions for each chapter help students understand the complex nature of the substance use disorders and some of the controversies associated with the topic.

  • Clear guidelines and strategies for individuals working in a variety of helping fields -- including evaluation, intervention techniques, treatment, recovery and common problems in treatment -- help students from a broad number of fields prepare to work effectively with clients.

  • The book focuses on important issues to consider when working with clients, such as the effect of substances on neonates, substance misuse by children and adolescents, co-occurring disorders, and substance use disorder’s impact on the family.

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