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A new book will provide a definitive guide to the findings from cutting-edge clinical research on addiction to front-line clinicians.

Published by Routledge, Integrating Psychological and Pharmacological Treatments for Addictive Disorders is now available worldwide.

"There is no silver bullet for treating addiction, but there are many treatments that have strong evidence behind them and give patients the best possible chance for success," said James MacKillop, director of the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and McMaster University.

He is the lead editor of four clinical researchers to co-edit the book.

MacKillop is also a professor of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences for McMaster's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. International contributors to the volume include scholars from McMaster University, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Harvard Medical School, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, Brown University, the University of Cambridge, the University of California Los Angeles and the University of Toronto.

"The gap between evidence and practice is particularly pronounced when it comes to treatment for addictions," said MacKillop.

"We hope this book gives the many types of addiction treatment providers – physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and other professionals – a comprehensive look at what the evidence says works best."

The book is available here.


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