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"The human condition is one that destines us to alternate between states of contentment, discomfort, distress, and, worst of all, unbearable suffering. Alcohol and other drugs (AODs) can enhance, alter, and relieve such feeling states. Margaret Fetting in this wonderfully nuanced and sophisticated book explores and explains how and why this is so dating back to ancient times up to the present. Professor Fetting richly explores the historical, cultural, social, and clinical contexts, and related theories, of intoxicant use in pursuing her special perspective.
"Margaret Fetting has produced an excellent and encompassing harm reduction perspective on drug use, abuse, and treatment for the globalized twenty-first century.”
"Perspectives on Substance Use, Disorders, and Addiction, by Margaret Fetting is a special textbook for the beginning student and the experienced practitioner alike. It is intended as a thought-provoking overview of what is most cutting edge in thinking and clinical practice about substance use along the spectrum from non-problematic through addictive. This book is radical in acknowledging what we all know, that people have used substances for their positive effects from the beginning of time.
"Dr. Margaret Fetting's book is essential reading for students, clinicians, and those who suffer from alcohol and substance use disorders. Fetting traces the ancient roots of the human wish to become intoxicated, and, without judgment, puts that desire into a modern context. For the past 80 years, the U.S. has relied on a one-size-fits-all treatment for a complex set of problems, and Fetting presents flexible and innovative approaches for addiction and substance-use disorders at a time when Americans are desperate for alternatives -- for themselves, their loved ones, and their clients.
I adopted this text without reading it yet based on the table of contents- there are other addictions besides chemical and it looks like this text at least will present those addictions for discussion- Thank YOU Fetting!!! 2nd edition
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