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Fundamentals of Addiction
Fundamentals of Addiction
A Practical Guide for Counsellors
Edited by Marilyn Herie and W.J. Wayne Skinner with a foreword by Gabor MatÚ
Price: $99.95 CAD each
Book | ISBN 978-1-77114-147-5 | 791 pages | Published: 2014 | English | Product Code: P575

This fourth edition of Alcohol & Drug Problems was renamed Fundamentals of Addiction to include behavioural or “process” addictions. Extensively revised, updated and expanded, this new edition includes case examples, practice tips and print and online resources in each chapter—making it even more useful for students as a course text, and for counsellors as a practical guide.

Fundamentals of Addiction is an essential college- and university-level  introductory text for addiction courses, and also for general counselling and human resources courses that address addictions. Counsellors and other practitioners across the spectrum of care will find this a vital handbook of up-to-date approaches to a range of addiction issues.

Written by more than 50 experts in addiction treatment and related fields, Fundamentals of Addiction is a comprehensive guide to helping people overcome the harmful, sometimes devastating, effects of addiction.

More information, including the table of contents, is available here.


The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has done it again. With its many expert contributors, Fundamentals of Addiction combines cutting-edge evidence-based knowledge and skill in the addiction field with practical guidance and resources. This Canadian text is a must-read for every clinician, student or treatment provider working on the front lines.
— Michel Perron, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Fundamentals of Addiction is a significant Canadian-based text addressing the foundational concepts of addictions. I will be using this extensive, current and topical text in both an entry level and more advanced course—it is that comprehensive. A clearly written and substantive work, it discusses practical and current themes of addictions, and is ideal reading for both students and anyone working in the field.
— Joe Ellis, Coordinator/Professor, Drug and Alcohol Counsellor Programme, Fleming College, Peterborough, ON

A key strength of this book is its ability to put forward the constellation of dimensions at play in clients struggling with an addiction. By building on long-established facts and introducing new evidence, this diverse group of experts offer a comprehensive view of addiction that is an excellent elixir of hope and practice wisdom for counsellors.
— Louise Nadeau, MA, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, Université de Montréal and Associate Researcher, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, McGill University