Treating Drinkers and Drug Users in the Community is the second book in a new collection from Addiction Press. Addiction Press was set up with the express purpose of communicating current ideas and evidence in this expanding field, t only to researchers and practising health professionals, but also to policy makers, students and interested n-specialists. These publications are designed to address the significant challenges that addiction presents to modern society. The drugs field has undergone a phase of rapid change in recent years and all the n-medical treatment interventions for those with alcohol problems and dependence can be equally helpful for drug users. This has opened the way for unification of alcohol and drug treatment services at a clinical level, with potential for more efficient service provision and for effective interventions which can be readily adopted in a wide range of settings. Modern drug and alcohol services and all professionals working with substance users will benefit from the initiatives and procedures discussed in this book. It describes a wide range of treatments for young people and adults with drug and alcohol dependence. It integrates alcohol and drug prevention and treatment. It provides an invaluable and accessible guide for many different professionals. It sets out assessment criteria, questionnaires, and a joint treatment framework.
Tom Waller, MBBS, DObstRCOG, was a GP, lecturer and tutor in Central London 1973-88 and a GP in Suffolk from 1988-96. He developed an interest in substance use when he became first medical adviser to a short-stay hostel for drug users in crisis in 1978 and used this experience in his own general practice. He was a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs from 1983-88 and 1993-96. In 1996 he became Suffolk County Specialist for problem substance use. Daphne Rumball MB, ChB, DRCOG, FRCPsych is a consultant psychiatrist in Norfolk Mental Health Care NHS Trust, specialising in drugs and alcohol, and working with a multi-disciplinary team in a large urban and rural practice in Norwich. She is also an honorary academic adviser and tutor at the School of Medicine, University of East Anglia.