“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
Chapter 5: Change
The overriding purpose of lifestyle intervention is to stimulate, promote, and enlist a client's adaptive resources. Whereas a drug or criminal lifestyle encourages entrenchment, adaptation fosters change. Lifestyle intervention branches off into two distinct tracts, also known as the structural and functional models of intervention. The present discussion is organized around the structural model, the three primary goals of which are (a) to modify and manage current-contextual conditions, (b) to accentuate choice options and decision-making competence, and (c) to identify and challenge irrational and self-defeating forms of ideation as a means of generating rational alternatives to drug- and criminal-activity-oriented thinking.
Condition-Based Change Strategies
Based on research showing that current-contextual conditions may have greater relevance to the drug-crime connection than historical-developmental [Page 74]conditions, the present discussion will ...