Alcohol and Drug Abuse as Encountered in Office Practice

Frank L. Iber

This guide has been written to function a guide for physicians training in a non-public workplace setting to acknowledge and suggest acceptable remedy for sufferers believed to be substance abusers. Whereas it’s not written for drug abuse specialists, it gives data concerning the analysis and coverings a reliable, involved doctor can present with out changing into immersed in habit remedy. Matters mentioned embrace the diploma to which a doctor ought to change into concerned, when it’s acceptable to refer, utilizing different professions and volunteer teams, and helpful medicines. Tips for recognizing substance abuse, testing to substantiate the abuse, confronting the affected person, and motivating the affected person into particular remedy are additionally offered. Tables and illustrations are used to summarize main factors, making this an especially helpful reference instrument for internists and different non-specialist personal practitioners.