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Gender and Addictions: Men and Women in Treatment (Library of Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment) Hardcover – October 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0765700704 ISBN-10: 0765700700

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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: #2,787,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Elizabeth Zelvin is a New York City psychotherapist and mystery writer. Her latest novel, VOYAGE OF STRANGERS, is about what really happened when Columbus discovered America and is the sequel to the Agatha-nominated short mystery story, "The Green Cross." Liz's mystery series featuring recovering alcoholic Bruce Kohler started with DEATH WILL GET YOU SOBER and includes the novels DEATH WILL HELP YOU LEAVE HIM and DEATH WILL EXTEND YOUR VACATION as well as a novella and several short stories. Liz is a three time Agatha Award nominee and a Derringer Award nominee for Best Short Story. Liz's author website is at elizabethzelvin.com.

As Liz Zelvin, she is also a singer-songwriter with an album of original songs, OUTRAGEOUS OLDER WOMAN, available on Amazon. Liz's music website is at lizzelvin.com. For more than a decade, she has worked with clients all over the world as an online therapist at LZcybershrink.com. Liz is also a poet with two books of poetry published, a former Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa, and a doting grandma.

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Format: Hardcover
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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