• Relationships

      Crazy Town: Money. Marriage. Meth.

      A Riveting Personal Account and a Thorough Global History of Methamphetamine Abuse and Addiction

      by Sterling R. Braswell

      Sterling Braswell was a millionaire—palatial ranch, stock options, and money in the bank. Then he met his high school sweetheart after not seeing her for over ten years. With their love rekindled, they were married. Life was beautiful. They had no real worries, a lovely son, and a bright future. Then she started using meth. The craziness of the next few years would leave Sterling almost completely broke—financially, emotionally, and spiritually—and nearly murdered. Welcome to crazy town . . .

    • Biography: general

      Crackhead

      by Angela Harrison

      Angela chronicles the life of her adopted daughter Jamie, a crack addict and prostitute. At sixteen, after a hidden pregnancy, Jamie attends art college while caring for her baby. When she disappears with the baby, Angela discovers Jamie is on crack, working as a prostitute, and being chased by a pimp with a gun. The court places Max in Angela’s safe care. After committing armed robbery, Jamie is sent to a probation hostel where she gives birth to a son. During her stay, she commits over £100,000 of cheque fraud. Upon her release from the hostel, Jamie returns to drugs and prostitution. She abandons her child who is placed in foster care. Jamie’s flat in Coventry becomes a Crack House. During a stay in prison for shoplifting, she manages to escape. Following an aborted drug run to Jamaica, Jamie returns to prison, where she gives birth to a daughter. The baby joins her brother in care. While in prison, for cheque fraud, Jamie escapes yet again. Following a spell in drug rehabilitation, her life spirals out of control. A BBC documentary ‘Every Parent’s Nightmare’ tells Jamie’s story – that of an ordinary middle-class girl from Stratford-on-Avon.

    • Biography: general

      Crackhead 2

      A New Millennium

      by Angela Harrison

      Jamie’s chaotic and violent life continues when she is kidnapped and held at gunpoint. Unexpectedly, she gets a job in a pub in Stratford then works for an escort agency. But, before long, she returns to work on the streets of Coventry to fund her habit. Most of Jamie’s drug dealer and Yardie friends have been deported or are in prison. Jamie and her friend are sent to prison for a stabbing, even though Jamie protests her innocence. She seldom sees Max and constantly lets him down. After a long stay in foster care, Jamie’s two children are eventually adopted by a lovely couple and settle happily into their new home. Meanwhile, Angela and Max maintain contact with the children. Angela purchases a holiday chalet on Dunster Beach in Minehead – a place of tranquillity and calm for her and Max to escape to - away from the Jamie and the stress she causes. In this, The New Millennium, Angela receives a number of awards, including one from Prime Minister, Tony Blair, for ‘Building A Learning Community’ - for her work with families and the ‘Crackhead’ book.

    • Biography: general

      Crackhead 3

      Suffer Little Children

      by Angela Harrison

      Jamie’s unreliability has a devastating effect on Max, her eleven-year-old son. His depression and anger severely affect his life and school work. Angela seeks medical help. One of Jami e’s punters, a teacher, is besotted by her. He funds her drug habit and insists Jamie goes to a rehab in Italy. She decides not to go at the last minute, believing it to be a religious cult. The mother of a crack addict/prostitute contacts Angela for support after reading Crackhead. Her daughter Zoe and Jamie have so much in common. Zoe decides to go to the rehab in Italy. However, within twenty-four hours upon her arrival, she escapes and returns to Britain claiming it is a scam. Jamie steals a huge quantity of drugs from a dealer, goes into hiding, and uses the drugs herself. As time passes she is diagnosed with Hepatitis C and a tumour. During a stay in Stratford, Jamie works in a café and call-centre. Her mental health rapidly deteriorates; no help is available due to health cuts. She moves in with Denis, a long-standing punter friend, who lives in Leamington. He cares for Jamie as her health continues to fail.

    • Fiction

      Red Flag Warning

      A Serial Arson Mystery

      by Kurt Kamm

      Los Angeles County is burning. A serial arsonist is setting the parched hills on fire. Plunge into infernos and face the smoke, heat and danger with the men on the fire lines. While NiteHeat prowls in the darkness, setting fires and taunting investigators, the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Arson Unit struggles to find the fire-setter and stop the devastation. Who is NiteHeat? Is it Ruffy, the 911 dispatcher who has failed firefighter training? Is it Mikey, a dropout who appears at every fire and steals firefighting equipment? Is it Father Dom who claims the fires are started by Satan? Discover the incendiary device triggered by a cooking timer from Williams Sonoma. Did you ever wonder how wildland arson investigators find the point of origin and evidence in a fire which consumes thousands of acres? Did you ever wonder what goes through the mind of an arsonist? Read RED FLAG WARNING.

    • Fiction
      November 2011

      Code Blood

      by Kurt Kamm

      Colt Lewis, a rookie fire paramedic, is obsessed with finding the severed foot of his first victim after she dies in his arms. His search takes him into the connected lives of a graduate research student, with the rarest blood in the world and the vampire fetishist who is stalking her. Within the corridors of high-stakes medical research laboratories, the shadow world of body parts dealers, and the underground Goth clubs of Los Angeles, Lewis uncovers a tangled maze of needles, drugs and maniacal ritual, all of which lead to death. But whose death? An unusual and fast-paced LA Noir thriller.

    • Biography: general

      Crackhead 5

      A Lament to My Angels

      by Angela Harrison

      Over the past five years, Jamie has been tormented by mental illness. Eventually, after years of battling with the health services, she is admitted to Cassel hospital in London. Jamie recalls in the book how and why she decided to abscond after three months. After a short spell in prison, Max continues to commit crime and appears mentally unstable. He forms a relationship with Susie; they have two sons and he settles down. Unfortunately, Max cannot get work because of criminal convictions, Following Jamie’s peaceful death in 2012, at the age of 39, letters and poems were found among her possessions. These form a large part of this book. She tells in ‘Jamie’s Story’ how she first got involved in prostitution and the dangerous lifestyle. She also gives an insight into the demons and voices that dominated and tormented her mind. Angela visits a medium, who accurately recalls Jamie’s dangerous lifestyle, her health and mental issues and talks about the Crackhead books. Max, now 24, has been in a full-time employment for nine months. He appears happy and settled. However, he acts and thinks strangely at times and Angela continues to hold her breath, anticipating what might happen next…!

    • Psychotherapy
      January 2019

      Script and Addiction

      Powerlessness

      by Author(s): Maria Moore

      Addiction to alcohol and other substances is a growing problem today. The Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Steps Programme is the standard method for treating addictions, and defines an ordered program which, if completed, should break the addiction. However, the level of success here is low. Two main problems in this regard are the failure of the addict to complete the programme and their relapse back into addiction. Treatment of addiction by other methods is even less successful. A new approach is needed, one which better integrates those treating addiction.By combining the 12 Steps programme and the idea of “Life Script”, a concept from Transactional Analysis, this book demonstrates that a much higher success rate can be achieved. The author pioneered this approach for five years, achieving an improved rate of success from this combination. The book includes case studies to underpin its findings.

    • Psychotherapy
      January 2019

      Script and Addiction

      Powerlessness

      by Author(s): Maria Moore

      Addiction to alcohol and other substances is a growing problem today. The Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Steps Programme is the standard method for treating addictions, and defines an ordered program which, if completed, should break the addiction. However, the level of success here is low. Two main problems in this regard are the failure of the addict to complete the programme and their relapse back into addiction. Treatment of addiction by other methods is even less successful. A new approach is needed, one which better integrates those treating addiction.By combining the 12 Steps programme and the idea of “Life Script”, a concept from Transactional Analysis, this book demonstrates that a much higher success rate can be achieved. The author pioneered this approach for five years, achieving an improved rate of success from this combination. The book includes case studies to underpin its findings.

    • Drug & substance abuse: social aspects
      May 2007

      Improving Substance Abuse Treatment

      An Introduction to the Evidence-Based Practice Movement

      by Eliason, Michele J.

      This book is an attempt to bridge the gap between research on substance abuse treatment programs and what actually goes on in the field of substance abuse treatment. It is aimed at both the academic and practitioner market (as is Perkinson) and it clearly describes how to determine what evidence based practice is and it addresses some of the challenges that practioners and agency directors might face in implementing EBP. The book is well-written and highly practical. It contains two complete case studies that outline two examples of Evidence based practice which will be particularly useful in the course market.

    • Drug & substance abuse: social aspects
      December 1997

      Working with Children of Alcoholics

      The Practitioner's Handbook

      by Robinson, Bryan E.

      First published in 1989 when the plight of children of alcoholics was initially brought to public attention, Working with Children of Alcoholics remains an essential tool for professionals that specifically addresses the needs of children growing up in alcoholic families. Expanding from the original highly successful handbook, the Second Edition incorporates the latest research, including Rubin's pivotal work on transcendent children, Robinson and Rhoden place alcoholism in a larger North American cultural context. They examine the effects of alcoholism in four essential family tasks: creating an identity, setting boundaries, providing for physical needs, and managing the family's emotional climate. Further,

    • Drug & substance abuse: social aspects
      December 1994

      Drugs and Behavior

      by Leavitt, Fred

      What are the effects of psychoactive drugs on aspects of human behaviour, such as creativity, memory and sexuality? How effective are such drugs in treating mental disorders? How are new drugs tested and licensed? An intriguing introduction to the study of psychopharmacology, this fully revised and updated edition of Drugs and Behavior presents a unique analysis of the ways in which human behaviour is affected by drugs, rather than simply by categories of drugs. The text covers the principles of neurotransmission, pharmacokinetics and drug classification. Issues of new drug development, including drug dangers and benefits, legalization and the prevention and treatment of drug abuse, are also discussed.

    • Drug & substance abuse: social aspects
      October 2015

      Perspectives on Substance Use, Disorders, and Addiction

      With Clinical Cases

      by Fetting, Margaret A.

      Perspectives on Substance Use, Disorders and Addiction, Second Edition, is a philosophical and clinical text that suggests new ways to think about the relationships, enjoyment, and troubles with substances of pleasure. The book 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 and addiction. The second edition of Perspectives presents a refreshing blend of ancient and contemporary ideas on the natural pleasures and potential powers of alcohol and drugs in our everyday individual and collective lives.

    • Drug & substance abuse: social aspects
      October 2015

      Perspectives on Substance Use, Disorders, and Addiction

      With Clinical Cases

      by Fetting, Margaret A.

      Perspectives on Substance Use, Disorders and Addiction, Second Edition, is a philosophical and clinical text that suggests new ways to think about the relationships, enjoyment, and troubles with substances of pleasure. The book 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 and addiction. The second edition of Perspectives presents a refreshing blend of ancient and contemporary ideas on the natural pleasures and potential powers of alcohol and drugs in our everyday individual and collective lives.

    • Drug & substance abuse: social aspects
      March 2017

      Theory and Practice of Addiction Counseling

      by Lassiter, Pamela S.

      Theory and Practice of Addiction Counseling by Pamela S. Lassiter and John R. Culbreth brings together contemporary theories of addiction and helps readers connect those theories to practice using a common multicultural case study. Theories covered include motivational interviewing, moral theory, developmental theory, cognitive behavioral theories, attachment theory, and sociological theory. Each chapter focuses on a single theory, describing its basic tenets, philosophical underpinnings, key concepts, and strengths and weaknesses. Each chapter also shows how practitioners using the theory would respond to a common case study, giving readers the opportunity to compare how the different theoretical approaches are applied to client situations. A final chapter discusses approaches to relapse prevention.

    • Drug & substance abuse: social aspects
      March 2017

      Theory and Practice of Addiction Counseling

      by Lassiter, Pamela S.

      Theory and Practice of Addiction Counseling by Pamela S. Lassiter and John R. Culbreth brings together contemporary theories of addiction and helps readers connect those theories to practice using a common multicultural case study. Theories covered include motivational interviewing, moral theory, developmental theory, cognitive behavioral theories, attachment theory, and sociological theory. Each chapter focuses on a single theory, describing its basic tenets, philosophical underpinnings, key concepts, and strengths and weaknesses. Each chapter also shows how practitioners using the theory would respond to a common case study, giving readers the opportunity to compare how the different theoretical approaches are applied to client situations. A final chapter discusses approaches to relapse prevention.

    • Drug & substance abuse: social aspects
      August 2016

      Substance Use Disorders and Addictions

      by Morgen, Keith J.

      Based on a decade of research and theory, Substance Use Disorders and Addictions examines co-occurring psychiatric disorders as the norm with substance use disorders and addictions. With more than 20 years of experience in the field as a clinician, a researcher, a program developer, and an instructor, Keith Morgen encourages a holistic approach to working with individuals, using a single case example throughout the text to encourage the sequential application of concepts to co-occurring disorders. With DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, the 2014 ACA code of ethics, and 2016 CACREP standards integrated throughout, readers will benefit from this applied and cutting-edge introduction to the field.

    • Drug & substance abuse: social aspects
      August 2016

      Substance Use Disorders and Addictions

      by Morgen, Keith J.

      Based on a decade of research and theory, Substance Use Disorders and Addictions examines co-occurring psychiatric disorders as the norm with substance use disorders and addictions. With more than 20 years of experience in the field as a clinician, a researcher, a program developer, and an instructor, Keith Morgen encourages a holistic approach to working with individuals, using a single case example throughout the text to encourage the sequential application of concepts to co-occurring disorders. With DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, the 2014 ACA code of ethics, and 2016 CACREP standards integrated throughout, readers will benefit from this applied and cutting-edge introduction to the field.

    • Drug & substance abuse: social aspects
      August 2016

      Chemical Dependency Counseling

      A Practical Guide

      by Perkinson, Robert R.

      The best-selling Chemical Dependency Counseling: A Practical Guide provides counselors and front-line mental health professionals with the information and skills they need to use evidence-based treatments, including motivational enhancement, cognitive behavioral therapy, skills training, medication, and 12-step facilitation. Guiding the counselor step by step through treatment, author Robert R. Perkinson presents state-of-the-art tools, forms, and tests necessary for client success while meeting the highest standards demanded by accrediting bodies. The Fifth Edition of this landmark text has been updated to include coverage of current topics of concern for counselors, including full compliance with DSM-5, new coverage of steps 6 – 12 in 12-step facilitation, discussions on synthetic and designer drugs, new psychotherapeutic medications, new survey data on patterns of use and abuse, a list of online recovery support groups for clients, and a new section on Recommendations for a Successful First Year in Recovery.

    • Drug & substance abuse: social aspects
      August 2016

      Chemical Dependency Counseling

      A Practical Guide

      by Perkinson, Robert R.

      The best-selling Chemical Dependency Counseling: A Practical Guide provides counselors and front-line mental health professionals with the information and skills they need to use evidence-based treatments, including motivational enhancement, cognitive behavioral therapy, skills training, medication, and 12-step facilitation. Guiding the counselor step by step through treatment, author Robert R. Perkinson presents state-of-the-art tools, forms, and tests necessary for client success while meeting the highest standards demanded by accrediting bodies. The Fifth Edition of this landmark text has been updated to include coverage of current topics of concern for counselors, including full compliance with DSM-5, new coverage of steps 6 – 12 in 12-step facilitation, discussions on synthetic and designer drugs, new psychotherapeutic medications, new survey data on patterns of use and abuse, a list of online recovery support groups for clients, and a new section on Recommendations for a Successful First Year in Recovery.

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