Drug use is a major challenge for public services, healthcare professionals and policy-makers all over the world. This book offers a complete overview of the issues associated with substance misuse from an interdisciplinary perspective. It begins by providing a reference guide to the different psychoactive substances, looking at the biological and psychological impact of their use. Key issues in the effect drugs have on society are then addressed, before outlining methods of recovery and therapy. Chapters include: • Reflective questions to challenge readers’ assumptions • Case studies to help students understand the impact of substances on individuals • Links to further resources to expand readers’ knowledge It will be valuable reading for those studying on degrees in criminology, health, nursing, social work and counselling.

Dual Diagnosis and the Context of Exclusion

Dual Diagnosis and the Context of Exclusion
Anita Green

Dual diagnosis as a term is used in mental health services to define a person who uses ‘illegal’ drugs and/or alcohol and has mental health problems. The subject has been discussed and debated in mental health and related academic literature over the last three decades. The term originates from the medical model paradigm and is still identified with psychiatry as a diagnostic term though adopted, in the main, uncritically by other mental and social health care professionals. It could be argued that psychiatry still holds the power in mental health services so formally diagnosing a person as ‘dually diagnosed’ is difficult to question, influence and change. It could be ...

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