Are you referring most of your substance using patients to addiction clinics, where they are “lost to follow up”? After reading these 14 brief chapters covering the major substances of abuse (general topics such as how to order drug screens, how 12 step programs work, and how to quickly diagnose and assess the severity of a substance use problem), you will know so much about how to manage these patients that you’ll want to start treating them yourself. And there’s no better feeling than helping patients pull their lives together when an addiction is causing things to spiral out of control.
About the Author:
Dr. Michael Weaver, MD, DFASAM, is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and is the medical director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Research on Addiction. Dr. Weaver is double boarded in psychiatry and internal medicine, and he has specialized in treating patients with substance use disorders for 20 years. He is on the editorial board of the Carlat Addiction Treatment Report, to which has contributed articles and expert interviews.