Drugs and Clients
What Every Psychotherapist Needs to Know
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BACK COVER #Depending on their training, mental-health professionals are often either strongly in favor of, or firmly opposed to, the use of psychoactive medications such as Prozac, Ritalin, and Valium. In Drugs and Clients, Dr. Catell advocates a balanced perspective, presenting the advantages and disadvantages of many common psychoactive medications. It also focuses on how non-prescription psychoactive drugs such as alcohol, antihistamines, caffeine, cocaine, marijuana and nicotine affect the clients therapists treat on a daily basis. From alcohol to Zoloft, therapists need to understand how these substances work, the nature of the risks and benefits, and how a drug or medication's presence, or absence, affects the process of psychotherapy. Drugs and Clients addresses the often confusing and highly complex subject of psychopharmacology as it applies to psychotherapy in a clear, hands-on, practical style that make4s it accessible to all mental-health professionals.
BLURBS #"This is a fine resource for the psychotherapy student or practitioner, offering the bnasics necessary to understand the actions and effects of the most common psychoactive and psychedelic drugs, in a clear and well-organized presentation."
-- Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and the author of Ayahuasca, Teonanacatl, Know Your Type, Green Psychology and The Unfolding Self.
"...providesjust the right amount of technical information about the biochemistry. Not only has the text been of constant use to me in my own treatment of patients, but I recommend it as a 'must read' resource in my supervision of interns and trainees and in my work as a consultant to other professionals."
-- Robert H. Hopcke is a Marriage and Family Therapist and author of A Guided Tour of the Collected Works of C.G. Jung and There are No Accidents: Synchronicity and the Stories of Our Lives.
"...a lucidly written, well-researched, fully updated survey of the field of psychopharmacology...this gem of a book includes a tour d'horizon of various mental health problems--from sleep disorders to psychotic episodes. Each chapter reviews relevant medications and drugs, their effects, benefits, and dangers...Drugs and Clients is a 'must' reference for anyone who deals with human suffering and the human mind."
-- Sam Vaknin is the author of Malignant Self Love--Narcissism Revisited.
"...a user-friendly guide to this crucial subject for therapists, social workers, and anyone whose friends, colleagues, clients or relatives use or are in need of psycho-therapeutic drugs. In other words, just about everybody!"
-- David Harp, M.A., is the author of The Three Minute Meditator