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Keith Klostermann, Ph.D., LMHC published work, Substance Abuse Disorders, in the 2012 publication Psychopathology: Foundations for a contemporary understanding. Dr. Klostermann is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Graduate Counseling and Psychology.
From the article: Of the major public health concerns of the 21st century, alcoholism and drug addiction are among the most pervasive with devastating social, legal, and economic consequences for individuals and families, not only in the U.S., but across the globe. The World Health Organization estimates that 76.3 million individuals have an alcohol use disorder and 5.3 million individuals have drug use disorders (World Health Organization, 2010). In addition to the serious problems individuals with alcohol or drug problems create for themselves, victims of family violence, accidents, and violent crime add to the numbers of those adversely affected. On days when alcohol is used, intimate partner violence increases (e.g., Mignone, Klostermann, & Chen, 2009). Moreover, parental substance use is associated with a host of emotional, behavioral, and social problems for children (e.g., Boris, 2009; Osborne & Berger, 2009), which may evolve into problems with alcohol and drugs as these children progress through adolescence and into adulthood.
Aside from the toll in human suffering, estimates of yearly direct and indirect economic and social costs arising from substance abuse are substantial. Individuals who abuse alcohol and other drugs consume a disproportionately large share of social resources from a variety of sources, some of which include specialized drug abuse treatment (Institute of Medicine, 1990), treatment of secondary health effects (Langenbucher, 1994), use of social welfare programs (Plotnick, 1994), and involvement of the criminal justice system (e.g., arrests, incarceration, parole, and probation; Deschenes, Anglin, & Speckart, 1991; Harwood, Hubbard, Collins, & Rachal, 1988). The size and scope of substance abuse and dependence in our society have drawn significant and increasing scientific and public attention. Thus, the purpose of this chapter is to examine the etiology, course, and treatment of alcoholism and drug abuse.
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