Drinking, Drug Use, and Addiction in the Autism Community

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Oct 19, 2017 - Psychology - 192 pages

What is the connection between autism and addiction? Why are individuals with autism more likely to develop a substance use disorder than the general population?

Until recently, substance use disorder (SUD) was considered rare among those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This book brings together current research and personal accounts from individuals with autism and their supports. It explores why addiction is more common among individuals with ASD and investigates how addiction and autism affect one another. The authors also provide strategies for supporting people with both ASD and SUD.

 

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Contents

Foreword by Tony Attwood
7
Acknowledgements
11
Introduction
13
1 Autism and Substance Abuse and Addiction A Brief Overview
25
2 Using Substances to Cope
49
3 Behavioral Connections between Autism Spectrum Diagnosis and Addiction
65
4 Genetic Predispositions and Connections
79
5 Late Diagnosis and its Connection to Substance Use
91
6 Whats Wrong with SelfMedication?
109
7 Screening Treatment and Prevention
123
Conclusion
161
References
167
About the authors
183
Subject Index
185
Author Index
188
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About the author (2017)

Elizabeth Kunreuther is a clinical instructor at the University of North Carolina's Addiction Detox Unit.

Ann Palmer is a faculty member of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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