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Gender and Addictions: Men and Women in Treatment (Library of Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment)

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ISBN-13: 978-0765700704
ISBN-10: 0765700700
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A welcome contribution to the insufficiently addressed issue of gender-based variations in the treatment of substance abuse and process addictions, Straussner and Zelvin's volume addresses an outstanding range of related topics including parenting, AIDS, the high-achieving patient, sexism in AA, gambling, eating disorders, and concurrent disorders (depression in women, attention-deficit in men). The book provides theoretical grounding as well as valuable applications germane to treatment that transcend the particulars of gender. It combines sensitive treatment of critical subjects with real clinical utility. (Ronna H. Weiss, Ph.D.)

This is a timely, outstanding, beautifully organized collection of essays by highly knowledgeable and experienced clinicians on the interrelationship and impact of gender identity and sexuality on substance abuse. The essays on women poignantly emphasize the importance of the relational model in understanding the nature o female addictions and the process of treatment. The section on men provides groundbreaking insight into the connection between issues of dependency, control, and power and the dynamics of substance abuse. Theoretically sophisticated and yet practical in its clinical wisdom, Gender and Addictions is strongly recommended for practitioners at all levels of experience. (Jeffrey Seinfeld, Ph.D.)

About the Author

Elizabeth Zelvin, M.S.W., is outpatient program director at Project Renewal in New York City and also maintains a private psychotherapy practice.


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Product Details

  • Series: Library of Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc. (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765700700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765700704
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,744,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Zelvin writes mysteries and historical fiction. VOYAGE OF STRANGERS, about what really happened when Columbus discovered America, features young Jewish sailor Diego Mendoza. (See also the Agatha-nominated short story, "The Green Cross.") The latest novel in her mystery series featuring recovering alcoholic Bruce Kohler is DEAD BROKE. The series includes DEAD SOBER (Death Will Get You Sober), DEAD WRONG (Death Will Help You Leave Him), DEAD in the HAMPTONS (Death Will Extend Your Vacation), and DEAD GURU (Death Will Save Your Life) as well as several short stories. Liz is a three time Agatha Award nominee and a Derringer Award nominee for Best Short Story. Her author website is at

Liz is also a New York City psychotherapist and, as Liz Zelvin, a singer-songwriter with an album of original songs, OUTRAGEOUS OLDER WOMAN, available on Amazon. Liz's music website is at For more than a decade, she has worked with clients all over the world as an online therapist at In addition, Liz is a poet with two books of poetry published, a former Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa, and a doting grandma. She is currently working on the next two books about the adventures of Diego Mendoza.

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Treatment of adddiction focuses on the acceptance of this serious and health-threatening condition and encourages the commitment to address its presence with a plan of care that includes physical, psychological, emotional, relational and spiritual repair. But one-size treatment does not fit all, and this excellent book addresses the wide range of variations that emerge in treatment of substance abuse and addictions in both men and women. With sensitivity, clarity and astute professional observations, the contributors discuss a range of topics including parenting, AIDS, the high-achieving patient, sexism in Alcoholics Anonymous, gambling, eating disorders and concurrent disorders, such as depression in women and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in men.
Simplistic answers are no longer useful in addiction treatment --we might argue that they even set up patients for failure and discouragement -- and it is time that both treatment adminstrators and clinicians recognize the importance of moving beyond gender sensitivity to gender competence. Without sacrificing depth or range, this book also addresses the importance of the relational theory that has attracted interest among progressive treatment professionals while also offering practical ideas and suggestions for veteran clinicians and newcomers alike. It is also a valuable text for students and educators.
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