This text is designed for the drug and substance abuse counseling course that prepares future health professionals to work with patients, clients, and families of abusers. It provides perspective on the aspects and problems associated with addiction and discusses the fundamentals of the dynamics of chemical dependency. The new edition improves topic flow for easier understanding and brings the research base into the 21st century.
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Richard Fields, Ph.D., is owner/director of FACES, Conference and Home Study Programs for Mental Health Clinicians. Dr. Fields brings an expertise to FACES based on over 30 years of work in the alcohol/drug field. He still actively counsels individuals and family members with alcohol/drug problems, training thousands of professionals each year at FACES Conferences (www.facesconferences.com). Formerly the assistant director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse's Western Regional Training Center, he has conducted training throughout the Western United States. As a consultant, Dr. Fields has worked to develop a number of University and College programs, creating educational classes, workshops and conferences (UCLA Extension, Dept. of Allied Health and Medicine, University of Washington, School of Social Work Extension, Seattle University, Edmonds Community College, University of California, Irvine, Riverside, Santa Cruz and others). Dr. Fields is the author of Drugs in Perspective, 6th edition, McGraw Hill, 2007. This college textbook is standard in most alcohol/drug studies programs.
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