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Case histories
Hales, Dianne R., 1950-
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Publication Information:
New York : Chelsea House, [1987]

Physical Description:
104 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :

On Order



Provides ten case histories of adults and teenagers that recount the toll dru dependency takes on users and describe the treatment necessary to maintain a drug-free existence.

Author Notes

Dianne Hales is one of the country's most widely published authors of books & articles on health subjects. Her husband, Robert E. Hales, M.D., is a nationally renowned psychiatrist. He is professor & chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis, & the author of more than 125 scientific publications. Together, they are also the co-authors of the definitive, award-winning reference work "Caring for the Mind: The Comprehensive Guide to Mental Health."

(Publisher Provided) Dianne Hales is a widely published, award-winning freelance journalist. She has served as a contributing editor for many prestigious and wide-ranging journals.

Dianne's trade books include La Bella Lingua, which is a New York Times 2016 bestseller, Think Thin, Be Thin, Just Like a Woman, Caring for the Mind and MONA LISA: A Life Discovered. She also is the author of the best-selling college health textbook, An Invitation to Health, and coauthor of An Invitation to Personal Change.

Dianne has received writing awards from the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, and other professional associations for health reporting.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

The author presents 10 case histories of young drug addicts with the caveat that, though each incident is based on fact, names and circumstances have been changed to protect privacy. The profiles demonstrate the ease with which someone can slip from casual to addictive use of drugs, including alcohol, especially when using them as a psychological prop. In all but one of the cases (18-year-old Jeff killed himself as police raided his apartment), the subjects with professional help and support overcame their addictions and built new lives. Unfortunately, the writing style is pedestrian and the drawings accompanying each profile are bland, but the more personalized (rather than statistical) approach may attract curious and reluctant readers. A center section of photos is included, as are a list of state agencies for the prevention and treatment of drug abuse, suggestions for further reading, a glossary, and an index. No notes. Gr. 8-12. SE. 362.2'9 Substance abuse [CIP] 87-526