Drug Abuse: Concepts, Prevention, and Cessation serves as a comprehensive source of information on the topography of, causes of, and solutions to drug problems. The text covers conceptual issues regarding definitions of drug use, misuse, abuse, and dependence. Importantly, the text addresses a variety of theoretical bases currently applied to the development of prevention and cessation programs, specific program content from evidence-based programs, and program processes and modalities. Information regarding etiology, prevention, and cessation is neatly delineated into (a) neurobiological, (b) cognitive, (c) micro-social, and (d) macro-social/physical environmental units. The book is ideally suited as a primary source for students and professionals in chemical dependence programs, clinical and health psychology, public health, preventive medicine, nursing, sociology, and social work, among other fields, on the nature, causes, prevention, and cessation of the abuse of legal and illegal drugs.
Steve Sussman, Ph.D., FAAHB, received his doctorate in social-clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984. He is a professor of preventive medicine and psychology at the University of Southern California. He studies the utility of empirical program development methods and multiple addictions, including tobacco and drug abuse etiology, prevention, and cessation. He has over 300 publications. His Projects include Towards No Tobacco Use, Towards No Drug Abuse, and EX, which are considered model programs at numerous agencies (e.g., CDC, NIDA, NCI, OJJDP, SAMSHA, CSAP, Colorado and Maryland Blueprints, Health Canada, U.S. Department of Education, and various state departments of education). He received the honor of Research Laureate for the American Academy of Health Behavior in 2005 and is currently President there (2007-2008). Susan L. Ames, Ph.D., received her doctorate in preventive medicine from the University of Southern California in 2001. She is an assistant professor at the Institute for Prevention Research (IPR), Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California. She has been co-investigator on projects with the Transdisciplinary Substance Abuse Prevention Research Center and other substance abuse prevention projects funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She worked in substance abuse treatment for nearly a decade. Her research emphasis is on the mediation of implicit processes and competing cognitive, social, personality, and cultural constructs in the etiology and prevention of drug abuse and HIV-risk behavior among at-risk populations. Other major interests include neurobiological processes and brain structures associated with implicit processes and addictive behaviors. She has published in a variety of journals that emphasize the addictive process and health behaviors.