Substance use and abuse are two of the most frequent psychological problems clinicians encounter. Mainstream approaches focus on the biological and psychological factors supporting drug abuse. But to fully comprehend the issue, clinicians need to consider the social, historical, and cultural factors responsible for drug-related problems. Substance Use and Abuse: Cultural and Historical Perspectives provides an inclusive explanation of the human desire to take drugs. Using a multidisciplinary framework, authors Russil Durrant and Jo Thakker explore the cultural and historical variables that contribute to drug use. Integrating biological, psychosocial, and cultural-historical perspectives, this innovative and accessible volume addresses the fundamental question of why drug use is such a ubiquitous feature of human society.

Prevention, Treatment, and Public Policy: An Integrated Perspective

Prevention, treatment, and public policy: An integrated perspective


A number of different approaches have been employed to reduce the impact and incidence of drug-related problems in society. These approaches can be conveniently, if somewhat imperfectly, categorized in terms of the primary focus and target of the intervention strategy. A number of initiatives, for instance, are directed at reducing the demand for psychoactive substances. Demand-reduction strategies include (1) drug education, which primarily aims to reduce and delay initiation into drug use and prevent the transition to regular use; and (2) treatment programs directed at individuals with substance use disorders. Other approaches are aimed mainly at reducing the supply of drugs. For instance, legal restrictions on the sale and purchase ...

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