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.

Drugs and Drug users in Context

Drugs and drug users in context

The aims of this chapter are to:

  • define what a ‘drug’ is
  • outline the major licit and illicit drugs along with their effects
  • use comparative data to outline the prevalence of drug use
  • use comparative data to establish the profile of people in terms of their drug use and the range of issues that they commonly present to specialist agencies as well as health, social welfare and law and order organisations.

In fact and fiction the history of humanity is replete with what Davenport-Hines (2001; 2004) has called the ‘pursuit of oblivion’. In fiction Robert Graves (1992: 9) talks about the drunken God Dionysus and his followers the Maenads and the Centaurs, who washed down copious amounts of hallucinogenic ...

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