How do we understand drug use? How are drugs related to our social worlds? How should drug use be understood, approached and dealt with? Insightful and illuminating, this book successfully discusses drugs in social contexts. In an elegant manner, the authors bring together their different theoretical and practical backgrounds, offering a comprehensive and interdisciplinary introduction that opens up a wide scientific understanding moving beyond cultural myths and presuppositions. Powerful and engaging, this book discusses main questions within the field of psychoactive drugs research, such as: Why do people take drugs? How do we understand moral panics? What is the relationship between drugs and violence? How do people's social positions influence their individual involvement in drug use? This is an invaluable reference source for students on criminology, sociology and social sciences programmes, as well as students and drug service practitioners in social work, social policy and nursing.

The New Recovery Approach

The new recovery approach

Recovery from addiction has long been a goal of treatment. How best to help people addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is a key issue. Some advocate complete abstinence as the only appropriate way for people to be treated while others argue that ‘recovery’ can be defined far less narrowly and that abstinence is but one form of recovery.

In recent years a new impetus has been achieved by abstinence orientated recovery that has challenged anew traditional forms of treatment such as substitute prescribing and harm reduction approaches.

Building on the foundations of the 1960s anti-psychiatry movement and 1970s anti-discrimination legislation alongside a growth in health consumerism and the empowered ‘expert patient’ in the USA, the UK, Australia and New ...

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