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Drugs and Behavior
A Sourcebook for the Human Services


September 1991 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
If you're looking for a practical, clearly written resource on substance abuse education, then look no further than Drugs and Behavior. This impressive volume offers the most comprehensive examination to date on this topic. Relevant psychopharmacological and central nervous system information is presented, the impact of the family and community upon the abuse of drugs is discussed, and descriptions of various drugs (hashish, alcohol, CNS depressants, hallucinogens, nicotine, and marijuana) are provided. And, unique to this volume are topics traditionally excluded from other resources, including etiological and explanatory theories, assumptions involved in different treatment modalities, and alcohol and drug use patterns among special populations, namely patterns related to age, ethnicity, and gender. Written in a language that students can readily comprehend, this fascinating volume is ideal for undergraduate and graduate level courses on substance abuse. It also serves as an excellent resource for human services and professionals working in areas that involve substance use and abuse. "In the space of five chapters, the book covers medical aspects of treatment, self-help groups, group therapy, family systems and family therapy, and individual treatments before what is one of the most interesting sections of the book on 'Special Populations.' This four-chapter section provides excellent summaries of (until now) neglected areas of research, concentrating on addiction issues in adolescents, women, lesbians and gay men, and ethnic minorities. The final part of the book concerns 'Special Issues' such as prevention strategies, treatment efficacy and policy issues which taken together with previous chapters add up to a highly readable (and interdisciplinary) account of psychoactive drugs and their effect on human behavior." --British Journal of Clinical Psychology "This clearly written resource book on substance abuse education is a useful and authoritative addition to the literature. . . . Each chapter is well written and referenced. I recommend it to those following courses in substance abuse and addictive behaviour, to specialist workers in the drug and alcohol field and to those members of the helping professions whose work brings them in contact with clients/patients with drug and alcohol problems." --Journal of Advanced Nursing

 
PART ONE: DRUGS AND THEIR USE
 
Overview
Drug Use and Abuse  
 
Drugs and the Body
 
Narcotics
 
CNS Depressants
Sedative-Hypnotics  
 
Alcohol
 
Central Nervous System Stimulants
 
Marijuana and Hashish
 
Hallucinogens
 
Nicotine
 
PART TWO: THEORIES OF ETIOLOGY
 
Biological and Genetic Explanations
 
Psychosocial and Sociocultural Explanations
 
Theories of Etiology
 
PART THREE: TREATMENT MODALITIES
 
Self-Help Groups
 
Medical Aspects of Treatment
 
Individual Treatment Approaches
 
Group Therapy
 
Family Systems and Family Therapy
 
PART FOUR: SPECIAL POPULATIONS
 
Children and Adolescents
 
The Elderly
 
Women and Substance Abuse
 
Lesbians and Gay Men
 
Ethnic Minorities
 
PART FIVE: SPECIAL ISSUES
 
General Issues
 
Some Treatment Issues
 
Policy and Prevention

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ISBN: 9780803934627
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