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Nelson, S.E., Shoov, E., LaBrie, R.A., & Shaffer, H.J. (In Press). Externalizing and self-medicating: Heterogeneity among repeat DUI offenders. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Shaffer, H. J., Gray, H. M., Nelson, S. E., & LaPlante, D. A. (In Press). Technology, the Internet, and gambling: How the medium can facilitate addiction, adaptation, and intervention. In D. Faust, Faust, K., & Potenza, N. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Digital Technologies and Mental Health: Second edition (Second ed., Vol. 1, pp. 135-142). Waltham, MA: Academic Press.






















1998 and Earlier



Overcoming Addiction: Finding an Effective Path toward Recovery

by Harvard Health Publications (H. J. Shaffer, Ed.)

Addiction can be devastating. One of the most common expressions of addiction, alcohol dependence, causes an estimated 100,000 deaths annually — the equivalent of an airliner carrying 274 passengers crashing every single day. The good news is that there are a number of effective treatments for addiction, including self-help strategies, psychotherapy, medications, and rehabilitation programs, all of which are detailed in this report. You’ll also find targeted advice on specific types of addiction, as well as information about coping with a loved one’s addiction.

Understanding Opioids: From Addiction to Recovery

by A. MacDonald, D. Pendick, & U.R. Parlikar (H. J. Shaffer, Ed.)

Most people use prescription opioid medications responsibly. But a growing number are abusing these drugs; that is, taking a different dose than prescribed, getting the drug from a nonmedical source, such as a relative, friend, or Internet seller, or taking the drug for its psychoactive effects. Why? In addition to their powerful pain relieving effects, opioids can produce profound feelings of well-being and euphoria.

Responsible drinking for women: A Harvard Medical School guide

by Debi A. LaPlante, PhD

Many women drink responsibly—but some have a more troubled relationship with alcohol. Studies regarding the effects of alcohol on women’s health are contradictory—and it’s not easy for concerned women to get a clear picture of the perils and positives of drinking.

Change your gambling, change your life

by Howard J. Shaffer, PhD, CAS

This book explains how gambling problems are related to other underlying issues. It offers a series of self-tests to help evaluate the degree of gambling problem and analyze the psychological and social context of the behavior, with specific strategies and approaches for ending the problems.

The APA Addiction Syndrome Handbook

by Howard J. Shaffer, PhD, CAS, Editor-in-Chief and Debi A. LaPlante, PhD and Sarah E. Nelson, PhD, Associate Editors

This two-volume handbook provides a comprehensive review of addiction. Volume 1 focuses on the history of addiction and the expressions of addiction. Volume 2 examines recovery, prevention, and other essential issues commonly associated with addiction.

Harvard Medical School Overcoming Addiction: Paths toward recovery

by Howard J. Shaffer, PhD, CAS

Addiction can be devastating. The good news is that there are a number of effective treatments for addiction, including self-help strategies, psychotherapy, medications, and rehabilitation programs. You can use the strategies presented in this report to discover new ways to cope with life s difficulties.

Futures At Stake: Youth, Gambling, And Society

by Howard J. Shaffer, PhD, CAS, Matthew N. Hall, & Joni Vander Bilt

The widespread legalization of gambling across the U.S. has produced concerns for serious social, economic, and health problems. For the first time in this country, an entire generation of young people has reached adulthood within a context of approval and endorsement of gambling as a source of entertainment and recreation.