This widely adopted text offers a balanced review of major contemporary perspectives on substance abuse and addiction, including disease models; psychoanalytic, conditioning, cognitive, and family systems formulations; and social and cultural foundations. Written in a lucid, accessible style, the volume emphasizes applications to the helping process and facilitates learning with case examples, review questions, and end-of-chapter summaries.
About the Author
Dennis L. Thombs, PhD, FAAHB, is Associate Professor in the Department of Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida. The focus of his scholarship is addictive behavior, with special interests in the epistemology of addiction and in alcohol and drug use during the period of emerging adulthood. Dr. Thombs’s research has been supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Health Behavior.
"Thombs has built upon an already fine text. Each chapter masterfully presents important concepts related to addictive behaviors, while reviewing classic and current research that relates to the material. The book covers a full range of topics related to alcohol and other drug use, including theories of addiction, models of treatment, and, in this new edition, a very solid overview of prevention concepts and approaches. Students and professionals in social work, counseling, psychology, criminal justice, and public health will benefit from this volume."--John D. Clapp, PhD, School of Social Work and Center for AOD Studies and Services, San Diego State University
"This is an excellent book that can be assigned to both undergraduate and beginning-level graduate students in courses on addiction treatment and prevention. Thombs masterfully links theories of addictive behavior, empirical research, and evidence-based interventions in a manner that lends itself well to the organization of most introductory courses. Two new chapters in this edition strengthen an already strong book. A chapter on public health offers an informative overview of public health programs in the United States, as well as a good review of evidence-based prevention efforts. A chapter on comorbidity provides a solid introduction to dual diagnoses, including the epidemiology of comorbidity and a discussion of the effectiveness of integrated approaches to treatment. Students and instructors will find this a highly readable and very practical text."--Meredith Hanson, DSW, Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University
"This third edition continues to be the best available theory text for students pursuing careers in addictions counseling. Thombs does a masterful job of comprehensively reviewing the conceptual models of the field. Unlike many theory texts that are largely irrelevant for preparing addiction counselors, this one shows how each of the addiction-specific intervention models can be applied and integrated into counseling practice. While it is sufficiently accessible for undergraduates, the book's level of scholarship makes it appropriate for graduate use as well. With coverage of the most recent research in the field, this text allows addiction science educators to easily incorporate current scientific findings into their curriculum."--D. Shane Koch, RhD, CRC, CSADC, Editor, Journal of Teaching in the Addictions; Rehabilitation Institute, Southern Illinois University
"Now in its third edition, this book provides a wealth of information to help students and professionals in the field of addictive behaviors. The author offers an excellent overview of theoretical models of addictive behavior, approaches to prevention and treatment, comorbidity, and issues related to the family and the social/cultural context. New material on motivation enhancement and harm reduction are also included. I highly recommend this valuable resource for all therapists and clinical students in training."--G. Alan Marlatt, PhD, Addictive Behaviors Research Center and Department of Psychology, University of Washington
"The third edition of this volume maintains its faithful integration of theory and research in its attempt to explain the complex phenomenon--indeed, conundrum--of addiction. Thombs is clearly committed to expanding the knowledge and clinical repertoire of professionals dealing with a variety of addiction-related concerns. He offers readers a wealth of compelling material derived from theory, current research, and practice, and invites them to formulate their own perspectives to guide their practice. Novice and seasoned helping professionals alike (both generalists and addiction specialists) will appreciate the clarity and balance of this 'must-read' text."--Cynthia J. Osborn, PhD, Counseling and Human Development Services Program, Kent State University
"A timely and comprehensive new edition. There are many approaches to explaining the complex phenomenon of addiction, and this text provides an accessible way for both novices and experts to quickly access a broad range of theories. Despite the diversity of theoretical approaches, the book provides a balanced research overview. I have successfully used earlier editions with addiction counseling students, and highly recommend this book as a primary course text."--Emil Chiauzzi, PhD, Inflexxion, Inc