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.

Whole Systems Approaches

Whole Systems Approaches
Tony Wilkinson

When one considers substance misuse, it is hard to find any area of daily life that cannot be affected by drugs and/or alcohol. Research consistently shows us that physical and mental health, relationships (including childcare), housing, education and training, employment, finance and leisure activities can all suffer as a result of substance misuse. Equally, and on a more positive note, the evidence base shows that by making improvements in these areas of a service user’s life enhances the service user’s recovery journey towards (and maintaining) a substance free life (see Shea and Leighton, Chapters 17 and 18, this volume). (For a comprehensive review of the literature see Best et al., 2010.)

Most substance misuse practitioners working within community-based drug ...

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