Understanding and Working with Substance Misusers explores the complex nature of addiction and the challenges involved in responding effectively through policy and practice. It examines the biopyschosocial elements of addiction to substances (including alcohol) and, draws together key research findings from these fields to present a new framework for integrating theory and practice. This book fills the need for a text which makes the complex issues surrounding substance misuse accessible to both students and practitioners.



This book is about human beings: people, me and you. It is about firstly what happens when we use certain substances called ‘drugs’ that are described as ‘psychoactive’, and secondly about some of the consequences that can occur biologically, psychologically and socially as a result of that drug use. The use of psychoactive substances, whether extracted from nature in their raw state or treated to increase their potency, has been prevalent in most cultures since the dawn of time. The use of these substances, and the pleasures and pains that are experienced therein, present some real challenges for individuals and society in general. All of us experience to differing degrees, compulsions, addictions and habitual behaviours, some of which may be as a result of ...

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