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.

Evidence-based Practice, Research and Outcome Monitoring

Evidence-based Practice, Research and Outcome Monitoring
Jane Winstone

This chapter will discuss the problems of determining outcomes in respect of the complex, inter-related problems posed by addictions. It will also consider what constitutes success in relation to research outcomes and why.

Introduction

Firstly, it is important to establish what types of complex inter-related problems are being referred to. I would argue that there are two headline groups. The first is related to the individual and the second to the organisations and providers that address addictive behaviours.

With regards to the individual, we are looking for research that can address a wide range of issues which include type of addiction, triggers and reasons for continued use (may be different from original motivation), employment and ...

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