Textbook of Addiction Treatment: International Perspectives
Book PrefaceTextbook of Addiction Treatment: International Perspectives
The International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) was founded in Palm Springs in 1999. From the onset, the elements of its main mission were
• Advancement of the knowledge of addiction as a treatable disease
• Recognition that physicians worldwide have a major role to play in the management of addiction
• Enhancement of the credibility of the physician’s role
• Emphasis of the importance of educational activities
• Establishment of consensus documents and practice guidelines
To implement this mission, the Society has organized an annual meeting ever since. This major gathering has also been supplemented on a few occasions with regional meetings. The Society also cosponsors the journal Substance Abuse. To pursue the mission, an International Certification in Addiction Medicine was created in 2005 and has been administered annually on a total of 15 occasions.
In seeking reference texts to create the examination questions for the Certification, it became evident that the three or four excellent multiauthored textbooks available in English all originated from the USA, with an occasional contribution from an author from another country. These books are heavily centered on data arising from an American context and culture. We decided that a textbook with a broader authorship representation was required as well as a search for data originating from across the world. Mindful of the fact that authors would potentially have different degrees of English proficiency, we divided the scope of our chapters into overview, focused, and sidebar chapters for case studies. International strategies to address substance abuse have traditionally favored control of the supply of drugs rather than reduction of the demand for their use. This textbook aims to describe the multifaceted options available for culturally sensitive strategies prioritizing demand reduction.
This international textbook is divided into 12 sections, resulting from the collaborative efforts over 3 years of some 265 contributors from 30 countries. These sections outline the components of an international perspective. A broader understanding of epidemiology, etiology, and prevention The prevalence of drug intake is determined not only by individual stress factors but also regional and larger-scale cultural patterns of drug consumption, social role models, as well as legal requirements and prohibitions.
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