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Circles of Recovery

Circles of Recovery
Self-Help Organizations for Addictions

$191.00 (G)

Part of International Research Monographs in the Addictions

  • Author: Keith Humphreys, Stanford University School of Medicine, California
  • Date Published: December 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521792776

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  • Self-help organizations across the world have attracted millions of individuals seeking to address addiction problems with drugs or alcohol. This book provides an integrative, international review of research that focuses on how these organizations affect individual members and whether self-help groups and formal health care systems can work together to combat substance abuse. In addition, it offers practical strategies for individual clinicians and treatment systems on how to interact with self-help organizations.

    • Integrates clinical and multidisciplinary literature about addiction self-help groups in the Pacific Rim, North America, and Europe
    • Covers all alcohol addiction self-help groups, from Alcoholics Anonymous and beyond
    • Covers organizations for substances other than alcohol, such as cocaine and nicotine
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "[Humphreys] has effectively focused the attention of an international audience on responses to a problem of global dimension. The best service this book can render is to open the way for the adoption of the self-help philosophy as an option everywhere and to stimulate an ongoing scientific evaluation of its effectiveness." Isidore Obot & Shekhar Saxena, Bulletin of the World Health Organization

    "[An] important and useful book...Read this book." Klaus Mäkelä, Nordisk Alkohol & Narkotikatidskrift

    "The author is a well-known figure in the fields of evaluation research and the treatment of substance dependence. He has effectively focused the attention of an international audience on responses to a problem of global dimension." Bulletin of the World Health Organization

    "A must read for all addiction professionals as well as all other mental health professionals who encounter substance abuse problems in their clients." Psychological Medicine

    "I highly recommend this book." Psychiatric Services

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521792776
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Definitions, scope, and origin of the health-related self-help group movement
    2. An international tour of addiction-related mutual help organizations
    3. Does self-help group participation produce positive substance abuse, psychiatric, and medical outcomes?
    4. A different perspective on change in self-help organizations: spirituality, identity, life stories, friendship networks, and politicization
    5. Government, health care organization, and clinical interactions with self-help organizations
    Epilogue: summing up, moving forward

  • Author

    Keith Humphreys, Stanford University School of Medicine, California

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