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.

The Concept of Recovery

The Concept of Recovery
Tim Leighton

Between 2008 and 2010 the word ‘recovery’ suddenly made a remarkable appearance in English and Scottish alcohol and drug policy documents. Up to 2008 the term had been entirely absent from drug strategy and alcohol strategy publications in both countries, but in that year the Scottish government’s new drug strategy, entitled The Road to Recovery used the word 140 times. It defined recovery as ‘a process through which an individual is enabled to move on from their problem drug use towards a drug-free life and become an active and contributing member of society’. It is made explicit that this emphasis on recovery represented a major change in direction, specifically from emphasising harm reduction (in particular health ...

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