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.
Chapter 21: The Major Talking Therapies
The Major Talking Therapies
At a very basic level we can accept that for most people to change their behaviour there needs to be some kind of assistive intervention (DiClemente, 2003) and a major part of that intervention will involve communicating with someone else, be it within a peer-led, non-professional situation such as exists within the 12-step fellowships like Alcoholics Anonymous (1981, 2002) or with someone wearing the badge of ‘professional worker’, such as a counsellor, nurse, social worker, Doctor or support worker.
There are people that find the inner strength to change their behaviour without a formal intervention, but for the purposes of this chapter we are concerned with those people who find themselves struggling with changing their behaviour, and ...