Cocaine Addiction: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know (and More)

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(11), 753-754. This book (see record 1992-98128-000) is well organized and systematic. Some of the material is absolutely riveting. The chapter on the subjective experience of cocaine use provides an excellent description of, and insight into, the user's world. Similarly, the chapter on cocaine abuse and sexual behavior is a good and interesting overview of the interface of these often-associated areas. The chapters on treatment are somewhat less satisfying–there are far fewer answers available than questions raised about how we, as scientists, policymakers, and clinicians, and collectively, as a society, should treat and otherwise respond to cocaine addiction. Summaries at the end of each chapter provide excellent overviews of the state of the science regarding cocaine abuse and addiction and its treatment. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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