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Understanding Addiction

by Elizabeth Connell Henderson, MD

 

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For addicts in treatment and their families, Understanding Addiction provides crucial information to demystify this disease and provide clear guidance toward recovery. For human resource workers, attorneys, social workers, nurses, corrections officers, school counselors, and teachers, the book provides a framework of practical information for aiding individual sufferers and coping with their unique struggles.

Starting with the question “what is addiction?” Elizabeth Connell Henderson takes the reader through the many facets of this disorder. She examines the effects of addictive substances on the brain and reviews each of the major classes of substances. In the development of addiction, she looks at the genetic, social, and psychological factors.

Dr. Henderson shows the effects of addiction on the family and guides the reader on a journey through the course of the illness and the process of recovery. She deals with the problems that occur when addiction is accompanied by other psychiatric illnesses, and she discusses behavioral addictions such as compulsive overeating, pathological gambling, and sexual addiction.

Elizabeth Connell Henderson is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Mississippi and is in private practice at Mississippi Neuropsychiatric Clinic in Ridgeland, Mississippi

224 pages

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