A Family Guide to Coping with Substance Use Disorders

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Oxford University Press, Sep 24, 2019 - Medical - 152 pages
The potentially devastating impact of substance use disorders (SUDs) on family and concerned significant others has been well-documented, but there is hope. Loved ones can learn strategies to help them cope with the impact of SUDs, and these strategies will in turn help them to support recovery efforts.

Family-friendly and accessible, A Family Guide to Coping with Substance Use Disorders provides readers with important information on substance use, symptoms, causes, effects, and treatment. Written by experts in the field of addiction medicine, this book enables readers to understand substance use disorders from the perspective of their affected loved one, and provides a positive perspective emphasizing that recovery is certainly possible. Using real-world examples, the book illustrates how SUDs can impact family units and family members, including children, and then provides practical strategies for supporting a loved one with a SUD and for addressing its impact on readers' own thoughts, behaviors, and emotional states. Helpful resources and links are provided, enabling readers to gain access to information and organizations that support families in recovery.

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Dennis C. Daley, PhD is Senior Clinical Director of Substance Use Services in the Behavioral Health Integration Division at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Insurance Division. He is also a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Daley has been involved in clinical care, research, and teaching about addiction for nearly 40 years, and has been an investigator, consultant and trainer on numerous local and national studies funded by NIDA or NIAAA. One of the first experts in the US to publish interactive workbooks on recovery from addiction or co-occurring psychiatric disorders, Dr. Daley has advocated for decades for recovery for individuals and families affected by addiction, or co-occurring disorders. He also shares personal experiences dealing with addiction in his own family.

Antoine Douaihy, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Senior Academic Director of Addiction Medicine Services and Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Western Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), and Co-Director of the Tobacco Treatment Service of UPMC. His areas of clinical and research expertise are substance use disorders (SUDs) and SUDs co-occurring with psychiatric disorders in adults and adolescents, psychosocial interventions for the treatment of SUDs, smoking cessation, psychology of behavior change, and motivational interviewing. His research has been funded by NIAAA, NIDA, NIMH, SAMHSA, HRSA, and pharmaceutical companies.

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