Heroin Addiction: Prevalence, Treatment Approaches and Health Consequences


Ayman M. Fareed (Editor)
Department of Psychiatry Emory University School of Medicine, GA, USA

Series: Substance Abuse Assessment, Interventions and Treatment
BISAC: PSY038000

This book starts by elaborating on the history of the consumption of heroin in central Asia and how this problem came to be a current epidemic in this part of the world. Adolescents tend to hide their heroin addiction from families until it is out of their control. The impact of hiding a heroin addiction on treatment outcomes will be discussed in this book. Comorbid benzodiazepines misuse, heroin overdose and how to prevent them will be addressed in two chapters as well. The book will then proceed by describing the prevalence of the most common psychiatric comorbidities associated with heroin addiction.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and pain are common comorbidities with heroin use and will be emphasized in two separate chapters. In these two chapters, the reader will be updated about the most recent evidence based psychotherapeutic interventions that integrate the treatment of opioid use with PTSD and pain disorders. Sedentary life style can affect treatment negatively in this population. Utilization of physical exercise in the treatment of heroin addiction will be explained in detail. Methadone maintenance is a common pharmacological intervention for opioid addiction. A whole chapter will cover this topic thoroughly. Finally, the book will cover the pharmacological interventions for heroin addiction in the legal system.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Drug Consumption in Central Asia: A Historical Approach (pp. 1-12)
Muyassar Turaeva, MScPH, and Birk Engmann, Dr. med. (University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, and Brandis Rehabilitation Centre, Dept. of Neurology and Psychosomatics, Brandis, Germany)

Chapter 2 – Silence in the Family About the Abuse of Heroin and Its Effects on the Initiation of Treatment (pp. 13-20)
Mevludin Hasanović, Izet Pajević, Abdurahman Kuldija, Amra Delić, Alija Sutović, Esmina Avdibegović and Nermina Kravić (Department of Psychiatry, University Clinical Center Tuzla; School of Medicine, University of Tuzla, Tuzla, and Primary Health Care Center Tuzla, Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina)

Chapter 3 – Benzodiazepine Misuse and Heroin Addiction: Data from a Cohort of 40 Overdose Deaths (pp. 21-32)
Fabio Lugoboni, Marco Faccini, Federica Palazzoli, Patrizia Verri and Manuela Licata (Department of Internal Medicine, Addiction Unit, Verona University Hospital, Verona, and Department of Forensic Medicine, Forensic Service, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)

Chapter 4 – A Review of Heroin Overdoses and Overdose Prevention (pp. 33-48)
Ivana Marasović Šušnjara, MD, PhD (Teaching Public Health Institutes of Split and Dalmatian County, Split, Croatia)

Chapter 5 – Psychiatric Morbidities in Heroin Users (pp. 49-62)
Yu-Chi Huang, MD, and Liang-Jen Wang, MD, MPH (Department of Psychiatry, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Kaohsiung, and Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Kaohsiung, Taiwan)

Chapter 6 – Integrated Psychological Treatment for Comorbid Opioid Use Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (pp. 63-74)
Pamela Eilender, PsyD (Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University, School of Medicine/ Atlanta VA Medical Center, Atlanta VA Medical Center, Decatur, GA, US)

Chapter 7 – Integrated Psychological Interventions for Co-Occurring Pain and Substance Use Disorders (pp. 75-86)
Bethany Ketchen, PhD (Atlanta VA Medical Center, US)

Chapter 8 – Exercise in the Treatment of Opiate Dependence (pp. 87-100)
Stephen P. Bailey and Elizabeth K. Bailey (Department of Physical Therapy Education, and Department of Health and Human Performance, Elon University, Elon, NC, US)

Chapter 9 – Methadone for Management of Opioid Addiction and Pain (pp. 101-126)
M. Kunc, B. Ketchen, E. J. Gorzelańczyk and A. Fareed (Department of Theoretical Basis of Bio-Medical Sciences and Medical Informatics, Nicolaus Copernicus University Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz; Institute of Philosophy, Kazimierz Wielki University; Non-Public Health Care Center Sue Ryder Home in Bydgoszcz; Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland and others)

Chapter 10 – Pharmacotherapy for Incarcerated Individuals with Histories of Heroin Addiction (pp. 127-142)
Timothy W. Kinlock, PhD, Michael S. Gordon, D.P.A., and Hamin Shabazz, D.P.A. (Friends Research Institute, University of Baltimore, Division of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Forensic Studies, Baltimore; Friends Research Institute. Baltimore, Stevenson University, Department of Criminal Justice, Stevenson, Maryland)


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