Addictions and Problem Drug Use: Issues in Behaviour, Policy, and Practice

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1998 - Social Science - 219 pages
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This volume reviews recent research into the nature and effects of addiction and considers the usefulness of policies which aim to prevent it. The contributors focus on topics such as smoking, alcoholism, gambling and injecting drug use, examining treatment and the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programmes. Such programmes include services for steroid users, needle exchange provision, and social workers' intervention in alcoholism. The reasons why people turn to substance abuse are explored as well as the real effects on health along with other subjects of importance to social workers such as the estimation of drug misuse prevalence. There is also discussion of government policy on drugs in Britain and Holland.
 

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Contents

List of tables
7
Estimating the Prevalence of Substance Misuse
15
A Review
33
An Overview of Gambling Addiction
49
Prescribed Addiction
67
A PostWar Situation?
85
Deviant or Just Different? Dutch Alcohol and Drug Policy
107
Injecting Drug Use and the HIV Epidemic
125
Ten Years of Needle Exchange Provision But Do They Work?
139
Community Intervention Among Hidden Populations
155
Working with Androgenic Anabolic Steroid Users
177
The Contributors
217
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Mick Bloor and Fiona Wood are at the University of Wales College at Cardiff.

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