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The first volume to provide access to information on drug treatment systems from a wide cross-section of 20 countries, Drug Treatment Systems in an International Perspective examines the ways in which other counties from around the world have chosen to cope with the spread of illicit drugs. Now health planners and administrators, treatment professionals, researchers, and students can place the development of their own treatment systems in a wider context and can examine the extent to which that development shares common structural features with those of other countries and cultures. Following a comparative discussion of the various countries, the volume addresses four key issues: gender specific treatment, the politics of financing and evaluation, the private sector and state control, and exporting drug treatment ideologies. It ...

Comment on Part 4: German Rechthaberei and its Contribution to a Modern Drug Abuse Treatment System
Comment on part 4: German Rechthaberei and its contribution to a modern drug abuse treatment system
GerhardBühringer

Austria, with 7 million inhabitants, and Germany after reunification, with 81 million, resemble each other in many respects and differ from other European states. Besides German as their common national language, they share commonalities in politics, society, and culture—in short, in how they understand important aspects of life and especially how they adapt to changing times. When change becomes inevitable and its direction and course have to be decided, they tend to manifest a characteristic attitude of Prinzipientreue (clinging to principles) or, with a more negative connotation, Rechthaberei (disputatiousness) or even Verbissenheit (doggedness). They ...

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