Psychosocial Treatment of the Addictions: Problems in Specific Populations

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Psychosocial treatment programs have made recent advances in understanding and intervening with the problems of addiction. This article reviews the contributions included in this special series, which encompasses several specific issues facing psychologists who conduct treatment, research, and teaching in the field of addictive behaviors. These topics include a mood management intervention for Spanish-speaking substance abusers, factors influencing crack cocaine use by African-American teens, development of culturally sensitive treatment models, patients with the dual diagnoses of mental illness and substance abuse, and recent developments regarding substance abusers and human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.

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