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Drug Misuse
By Jan Keene

Drug Misuse

Prevention, Harm Minimisation and Treatment

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Drug Misuse by Jan Keene

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dependence and, second, to inform about prevention, harm minimiza- tion, treatment and control, in order that professionals can identify, assess and work with different kinds of drug misusers. It also aims to give information about the wide range of multidisciplinary and special- ist professionals who can contribute in this field. BACKGROUND The ancient Greek word for drug has three meanings: a cure or remedy, a poison and a magical charm. This book will consider these meanings in the modern sense: drugs as medication and as a solution to problems; drugs as dangerous to health; and drugs as magical and hedonistic. In the recent past, policy and practice guidelines have often been based on a misunderstanding of the diversity and complexity of drug misuse. Professionals have confused different types of drug misuse and/ or attempted to compress all types into one narrowly defined cate- gory, i.e. all drugs are good or bad. This is the first mistake: it is prefer- able to go right back to the ancient Greeks and try to understand the range of different effects of drugs on different people. Practitioners first of all need to understand the complexity of drug misuse in order to develop realistic concepts and construct useful cate- gories for assessment. After this, they are in a position to identify clearly the main risks and problems in the different categories and so to deter- mine which type of intervention is most appropriate.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780412642807
ISBN-10: 0412642808
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 21mm)
Pages: 371
Imprint: Nelson Thornes Ltd
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 15-Dec-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Understanding Drug Misuse by Jan Keene Understanding Drug Misuse, Paperback (August 2010)

Combining theory and research this clearly explains how each theoretical model contributes different types of solutions to 'the drug problem', whether it is treatment, harm minimization or social intervention. Using extracts from the author's own researchinterviews with drug users,it also offers a real insight into user perspectives.

Clients with Complex Needs by Jan Keene Clients with Complex Needs, Paperback (August 2001)

The current trend in health care is to view health problems through a broader lens which encompasses both the psychological and social influences on illness. This title reflects practitioners' increasing concern for clients with multifaceted problems.

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