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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 ...

A System at its Starting Blocks: Drug Treatment in France
A system at its starting blocks: Drug treatment in France

Although French society has been grounded in the ideology of the French Revolution, according to which each individual belonged directly as a citizen to the nation, France is on the verge of a new form of societal structure that is founded on community identity rather than individual rights and duties. Being immigrant, young, homeless, and unemployed is considered less and less a transitory or secondary characteristic but, rather, a permanent social feature. Meanwhile, individualistic and competitive values are to the fore, and drug use is seen as one possible way of coping with the new economic climate (Ehrenberg, 1994).

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