Perspectives on Addiction: An Integrative Treatment Model with Clinical Case Studies

Perspectives on Addiction presents a comprehensive, rigorous, and reflective overview of the complex and controversial field of chemical dependency. It is designed for students and clinicians who come in contact with and treat individuals and families struggling with the causes and consequences of substance use disorders. The user-friendly approach to serious content encourages active participation in the learning experience and is designed to have a personal, professional, educational and treatment impact. Readers will develop a novel appreciation for a human desire that pleasures, confounds, and destroys. Key Features - An integrative treatment model includes developmental, self-medication, and psychoanalytic theoretical approaches - Therapeutic action moments to apply theory to practice in process-oriented case studies -An exploration of the personal, cultural, and social influences that shape our understanding of addiction -Twelve progressive profiles of using, non-using, misusing, and addiction diagnoses -A concise overview of eleven psychoactive substances -Ancillaries A password-protected Instructor Teaching Site provides instructors with PowerPoint slides, as well as a test bank, while a free and open-access Sutdent Study Site offers students web quizzes, SAGE journal articles, and e-flashcards. To view instructor and student resources, please visit This is an important and inspired book about addiction. It atsutely addresses the dogmas and controversies that have plagued the field of addiction theory and practice. Fetting uses her exhaustive comprehension of good theorists to infuse her empathy and compassion, which in turn guides her work and that of the reader. -Edward J. Khantzian, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Fetting's tone is lovely -- warm, casual, informal - while her material is in-depth and complex. [This] is a comprehensive, integrative text -- an invaluable resource for clinicians and patients and a great contribution to the field. -Dr. Stephanie Brown, author of Treating Adult Children of Alcoholics I particularly appreciated Fetting's emphasis on the importance of creating a relational space wherein the overwhelming emotional pain that the addiction has served to numb and keep hidden can be felt and brought into therapeutic dialogue. This reader-friendly book is highly recommended to students, teachers, practitioners, and anyone who wishes to gain an understanding of addiction to substances. -Robert D. Stolorow, Ph.D., psychoanalyst, author, Trauma and Human Existence