With contributions from leading international academics across the social sciences, this accessible takes a critical look at the key contemporary issues and debates in the field. The 39 chapters are divided into three parts: Part I Central Social Science Theories Drug and Alcohol Studies Part II Pillars in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies Part III Controversies and New Approaches in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies This Handbook is an excellent reference text for the growing number of academics, students, scientists and practitioners in the drug and alcohol studies community.

User Perspectives

User Perspectives

User perspectives
Bagga BjergeCaral BrownGlenda Daniels


Within the past couple of decades, it has been widely discussed how the perspectives of drug and alcohol users can best be included in public welfare services, service evaluations and policy processes, as well as in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private sector organizations. The movement towards an increased focus on the perspectives of users has been debated using different terms such as user involvement, user orientation and user participation, each indicating different levels of participation (Arnstein, 1969; Poulton, 1999). Mostly recognized is perhaps the concept of empowerment, generally perceived as a theory of, or a method for, enabling all kinds of users to actively influence, discuss and even take control over important matters regarding their lives (Adams, 1996; ...

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