Just Say Know
A Counsellor’s Guide to Psychoactive Drugs
Just Say Know is an essential resource for counsellors, educators, therapists, social workers, policy-makers, and professionals interested in acquiring a practical understanding of psychoactive drug pharmacology and physiology. In addition to evaluating traditional street narcotics, the most commonly abused drug families — depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and psychotherapeutics — are presented in an accessible format that unpacks risk and therapeutic applications. Csiernik demystifies the abuse of prescription compounds, as well as drugs that are new to North American communities. Pedagogical features include quizzes, case studies, figures, and a comprehensive list of addiction resource centres, making this book a perfect addition to any addictions-related program or course. Light on jargon and heavy on evidence, this manual supplies the blueprints that every service provider needs to dispense sound, evidence-based care.
Table of Contents
PrefaceChapter 1: Pharmacological Principles1.1 Understanding Addiction1.2 Psychoactive Drug Groups1.3 The Central Nervous System1.4 Pharmacokinetics 1.5 Pharmacodynamics: Tolerance and Withdrawal1.6 Sleeping and DreamingChapter 2: Depressants2.1 Sedative-Hypnotics2.2 Antihistamines2.3 Inhalants, Solvents, and Anaesthetic Gases2.4 Alcohol2.5 OpioidsChapter 3: Stimulants3.1 Cocaine3.2 Amphetamine and Methamphetamine3.3 Anorexiants3.4 Decongestants3.5 Khat (Qat)3.6 Methylendioxypyrovalerone (Bath Salts)3.7 Betel3.8 Nicotine3.9 CaffeineChapter 4: Hallucinogens4.1 Hallucinogens4.2 Indolealkylamine: LSD-Like Hallucinogens4.3 Phenylethylamines: Mescaline-Like Hallucinogens4.4 Dissociative Anaesthetics — Arylcycloalkylamines4.5 CannabisChapter 5: Psychotherapeutic Agents5.1 Antidepressants5.2 Antipsychotics5.3 Mood StabilizersAppendix A: Quiz AnswersAppendix B: Canadian Addiction ResourcesReferences
"Just Say Know is a must-read for anyone working in the field of addiction counselling. This comprehensive one-stop reference manual can be applied to almost any level; test questions and case studies make this book a valuable means of self-evaluation. Whether a student or a seasoned counsellor, I highly recommend adding this book to your tool kit."— Tom Gabriel, EFAP Consultant, Crisis and Addiction Counsellor for the Toronto Police Association and Vice President of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
"Finally, a Canadian text reflecting the unique world of individuals with chemical dependencies! Presented in an organized fashion, Csiernik has provided current information, best practices, quizzes, learning activities, and case studies that will allow opportunities for readers to interpret, practice, and evaluate new knowledge. Just Say Know is an ideal text for new and experienced practitioners alike."
— Heidi Stanley, Program Coordinator, Addictions: Treatment and Prevention Program, Georgian College
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