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Recent Developments in Understanding and Treating Drug Abuse and Dependence
Edward Kaufman; Jill P. McNaul
Psychiatric Services 1992; doi:
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University of California, Irvine; Capistrano by the Sea Hospital in Dana Point, California; Department of Psychiatry, UCI Medical Center, 101 City Drive South, Route 81, Orange, California 92668

University of Missouri, Columbia

1992 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Although some progress appears to have been made in curbing the spread of drug abuse, it is still widespread in American society. The authors summarize current relevant issues in addiction psychiatry. New developments are described in the areas of epidemiology, heredity and environmental influences, neuroreceptors and transmitters, AIDS, diagnostic classification, psychopathology, psychodynamics, new psychotherapeutic approaches, the efficacy of psychotherapy, and pharmacologic treatment. New findings confirm the important role of the psychiatrist and other mental health practitioners in many aspects of drug abuse research and treatment.

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