Substance Abuse
Your Questions Answered
by Romeo Vitelli
June 2018, 116pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6055-3
$45, £35, 40€, A62
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), alcohol abuse alone accounts for 3.3 million deaths worldwide each year (about 5.9 percent of total deaths) and 5.1 percent of disease and injury.

This book provides readers with a basic understanding of substance abuse, especially as it relates to teens and young adults, plus resources and guidance for overcoming it.

Whether it’s alcohol, tobacco, recreational drugs, or prescription medications, substance abuse can have devastating consequences for an individual’s short- and long-term health. It can also have far-reaching impacts on psychological well-being, relationships, and finances. A part of Greenwood’s Q&A Health Guides series, Substance Abuse: Your Questions Answered provides clear, concise information for readers interested in or struggling with this difficult subject. It explores the substances most frequently abused in the United States, the causes and effects of their abuse, treatment options, and the role that popular culture and the media have in shaping our understanding of these behaviors.

Each book in this series follows a reader-friendly question-and-answer format that anticipates readers’ needs and concerns. Prevalent myths and misconceptions are identified and dispelled, and a collection of case studies illustrates key concepts and issues through relatable stories and insightful recommendations. The book also includes a section on health literacy, equipping teens and young adults with practical tools and strategies for finding, evaluating, and using credible sources of health information both on and off the internet—important skills that contribute to a lifetime of healthy decision-making.


  • Makes the subject accessible to readers by means of a simple Q&A format
  • Helps readers hone their research and critical thinking skills in a Guide to Health Literacy section
  • Provides real-world examples of concepts discussed in the book through case studies
  • Dispels popular misconceptions in a Common Myths section and directs readers towards accurate information
  • Points readers towards additional books, organizations, and websites for further study and research in an annotated directory of resources
Romeo Vitelli received his doctorate in Psychology from York University in Toronto, Ontario, in 1987. He spent 15 years as a staff psychologist at Millbrook Correctional Centre, a maximum-security prison run by the Ontario government. In 2003, he went into full-time private practice, and he remains an active blogger and author. His previously published books include Self-Injury: Your Questions Answered and The Everything Guide to Overcoming PTSD.

Q&A Health Guides

All of us have questions about our health. Is this normal? Should I be doing something differently? Whom should I talk to about my concerns?

Greenwood’s Q&A Health Guides series addresses the questions and concerns of young readers on a wide variety of physical and mental health topics in an authoritative yet still accessible way. Each title follows a simple question-and-answer format that makes finding accurate information fast and easy. A collection of engaging case studies offers real-world insights, while a guide to common myths and misconceptions dispels the most pervasive and potentially dangerous misinformation about a topic. Each volume is rounded out with a primer on health literacy to equip readers with the critical thinking and decision-making skills they need for a lifetime of healthy living.
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