Mental Health and Addiction Care in the Middle East

  • Richard Isralowitz
  • Patricia A. Findley

Part of the Advances in Mental Health and Addiction book series (AMHA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Richard Isralowitz, Patricia A. Findley
    Pages 1-5
  3. Drug Use and Addiction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Richard Isralowitz, Alexander Reznik
      Pages 19-46
    3. Richard Isralowitz, Mohammed Afifi, Alexander Reznik
      Pages 47-58
    4. Mor Yehudai, Orly Sarid, Alexander Reznik, Patricia A. Findley, Richard Isralowitz
      Pages 81-91
    5. Richard Isralowitz, Mohammed Afifi, Alexander Reznik, Steve Sussman
      Pages 93-107
    6. Alexander Reznik, Richard Isralowitz
      Pages 109-121
  4. Mental Health and Emergency Conditions: Promoting Human Resource Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Patricia A. Findley, James Halpern, Rebecca Rodriguez, Karla Vermeulen
      Pages 155-170
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 191-194

About this book


This ambitious resource describes innovative intervention programs for treating substance abuse and other mental health problems in the Middle East in the context of larger issues in the region. Deftly combining clinical acumen with in-depth knowledge of sociopolitical currents, contributors present data and analysis on similarities and differences within the region, addiction issues in special populations (youth, mothers, immigrants), and the efficacy of local and international initiatives. New trends in evidence-based responses, including mental health services in war and disaster, are related to the larger goals of promoting peace. To that end, the editors go beyond the concept of shared problems to discuss strategies toward shared solutions, most notably psychological first aid as a healing approach to mediation.

Among the topics covered:

  • Drug abuse in the Middle East: promoting mutual interests through resistance and resilience.
  • Toward uniform data collection and monitoring of Israeli and Palestinian adolescent drug use.
  • Substance abusing mothers: toward an understanding of parenting and risk behavior.
  • Immigration, acculturation, and drug use.
  • Psychological first aid: a tool for mitigating conflict in the Middle East.
  • Collaborative approaches to addressing mental health and addiction.

For health psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, and addiction counselors, Mental Health and Addiction Care in the Middle East demonstrates the deep potential for mental health and social issues to be addressed to benefit all communities involved.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Richard Isralowitz
    • 1
  • Patricia A. Findley
    • 2
  1. 1.Spitzer Department of Social WorkBen Gurion UniversityBeer ShevaIsrael
  2. 2.Rutgers University School of Social WorkNew BrunswickUSA

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