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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 6: Dionysus is Back
Comment on part 6: Dionysus is back
KajNoschis

For a perspective on drug addiction and drug treatment in viticultural countries of southern Europe, I suggest that these countries can be typified by their attitude toward drinking. In France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, wine is the customary table drink. The mythological connotations of wine are connected with Dionysus—the Greek god of wine—and the celebrations held in his honor in Greece from the 6th century BCE as the god of the Bacchanals. They are connected in particular with the Dionysian celebrations—the excitement brought about by wine, dancing, and music; the presence of “possessed” women; and the procession from Athens to Eleusis to celebrate the Mysteries. Such bacchanalian rites have long disappeared in ...

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