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“Glenn D. Walter's short book Drugs and Crime in Lifestyle Perspective is another gem; it works purposefully with the complexity and diversity of the drugs-crime linkages and connections insisting that traditional ways of researching and intervening with those caught up in deviant lifestyles where drugs and crime are endemic, are unproductive. This is a book for ‘thinking’ practitioners and those concerned with creating local multiagency policy or working with drug users and offenders selling or using drugs. It offers no easy assessments or solutions but is the more productive for that.” – Howard Parker in British Journal of


The limits of the human decision-making apparatus have been considered in detail in Chapter 3. Given these limits, it would stand to reason that the thinking patterns a person uses to support and justify choices and decisions regarding drug use and criminal activity are equally flawed. This, in fact, is precisely what has been observed when this issue has been subjected to empirical scrutiny. Albert Ellis (1962), the founder of rational emotive therapy, has cogently argued that emotional and behavioral problems are grounded in flawed thinking. These thinking patterns, which become increasingly automatic with practice, form the foundation of a drug or criminal lifestyle by virtue of their ability to elicit support from others and justify drug- and crime-oriented activities. The power of thought ...

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