Cocaine /
Roger D. Weiss, Steven M. Mirin, Roxanne L. Bartel.
2nd ed.
Washington, DC : American Psychiatric Press, c1994.
xiv, 204 p. ; 24 cm.
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Washington, DC : American Psychiatric Press, c1994.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-193) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-03:
A second edition (1st ed., 1987) that highlights the recently gained wealth of knowledge about cocaine but still provides comprehensive coverage of the subject. Intended for all persons interested in cocaine abuse, including physicians treating the users, the addicts themselves, and the general public, it presents a view of the present status of cocaine usage, the different forms used, how they are used, and the corresponding physiological effects. Especially interesting are the sections on cocaine in the workplace, the effects on the family of an addict, and a set of answers to questions frequently asked about cocaine. The authors are physicians who are highly involved and experienced in this field. An easily read book, recommended to anyone interested in drug abuse. General; undergraduate through faculty; professional. A. M. Mattocks; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Appeared in Library Journal on 1987-02:
This publication by two psychiatrists working in the area of substance abuse presents an excellent overview of cocaine use and abuse. Unlike the self-help books on cocaine that focus on case studies, this book treats the subject matter comprehensively and extensively. A brief history of the cocaine epidemic is given, along with how cocaine is used and how it affects the body and brain functions. The phenomenon of dependence, use in the work place, methods of treatment, and the questions most frequently asked about the drug are also addressed. This book may well become the major authorative information source about cocaine. Barbara J. Powell, Veterans Administration Ctr., Kansas City, Mo. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1987-12-04:
The authors, both psychiatry professors at Harvard Medical School, have first-hand knowledge of cocaine abuse from their work at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center at McClean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. In this valuable guidebook, they study cocaine abuse, examining the drug's history, the scope of the current epidemic, its effects on the mind and body, and the psychological, social and behavioral factors contributing to cocaine dependence. Many case histories illustrate their data, including a lengthy account by ``Ellen'': ``When I did a lot of freebasing, I would think there were bugs crawling on me and I would scratch until I had terrible infections up and down my right arm and leg.'' Weiss and Mirin also cover use in the workplace, the effects on families of users and treatment methods, concluding with answers to such frequently asked questions as ``Is it possible to overdose on cocaine?'' A ``self-test'' and a nationwide list of cocaine abuse facilities are featured in the appendix. (January) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
The Current Cocaine Epidemicp. 1
The Scope of the Problemp. 1
Cocaine Use Through Historyp. 4
From Coca Leaf to the American Streetp. 8
How Cocaine Is Usedp. 13
Intranasal Cocaine Use ("Snorting")p. 13
Smoking Cocainep. 16
Intravenous Cocaine Usep. 21
The Effects of Cocaine on the Bodyp. 23
The General Physical Effects of Cocainep. 24
Medical Complications from Cocainep. 25
Cocaine Overdosep. 27
How Cocaine Can Killp. 27
Effects of Long-Term Cocaine Usep. 29
Medical Complications Due to Effects of Cocaine Itselfp. 29
Medical Complications Due to Drug Paraphernaliap. 32
Medical Complications Due to Adulterants ("Cuts")p. 37
Medical Complications Due to Life-Style and Psychiatric Symptoms in Cocaine Abusersp. 38
Cocaine and the Brainp. 41
Basic Elements of Brain Function: The Nerve Cellp. 41
Events at the Nerve Cell Junction (Synapse)p. 42
The Effects of Cocaine on Brain Functionp. 45
Behavioral Effects of Long-Term Cocaine Usep. 49
Adverse Reactions to Cocaine: Who Is Vulnerable?p. 53
Cocaine Dependencep. 55
Factors Contributing to Cocaine Dependencep. 57
The Course of Cocaine Dependencep. 73
How Dependence Developsp. 74
One Cocaine Addict's Story: Ellenp. 80
Cocaine and the Familyp. 91
Family Responses to the Cocaine Abuserp. 93
How Families Try to Avoid the Pain of Cocaine Dependencep. 95
How Relatives Can Helpp. 101
Recovery for the Families of Cocaine Abusersp. 103
Cocaine in the Workplacep. 107
Why Cocaine?p. 108
Hazards of Cocaine Use in the Workplacep. 109
Cocaine Use by Executivesp. 111
The Response of Businessp. 114
The Concept of Employee Assistancep. 116
Treatment of Cocaine Abusep. 121
Getting the Cocaine Abuser into Treatmentp. 122
Treatment Methods for Cocaine Abusersp. 124
How to Choose the Right Type of Treatmentp. 135
Seven General Rules for Cocaine Abusers Who Want to Quitp. 136
Pathways to Recoveryp. 139
Questions Frequently Asked About Cocainep. 141
Questions Frequently Asked by the General Publicp. 141
Questions Frequently Asked by Occasional Cocaine Usersp. 143
Questions Frequently Asked by People Dependent upon Cocainep. 147
Questions Frequently Asked by Those Who Treat Cocaine Abusersp. 150
Questions Frequently Asked by Family Members of Cocaine Abusersp. 152
Self-Test for Cocaine Dependencep. 155
Where to Find Help: A State-by-State Guide to Cocaine Abuse Treatment Facilitiesp. 159
Bibliographyp. 169
Indexp. 175
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