3rd Edition

Alcohol and Drug Misuse A Guide for Health and Social Care Professionals

By G. Hussein Rassool Copyright 2025
    584 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    584 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This comprehensive textbook provides an accessible and skills-oriented introduction to alcohol and substance misuse for healthcare students and practitioners new to the field.

    Divided into five parts, this text explores: 

    • the context of alcohol and drug misuse, and the nature and theories of addiction, including a historical overview and policy initiatives in contemporary society.

    • an overview of psychoactive substances and the problems associated with them. • an exploration of the impact of psychoactive substances on groups such as culturally and linguistically diverse communities, young people, women, older people and the homeless.

    • an understanding of the generic role responses to substance misuse in a variety of different settings and contexts, including primary care, the community and hospitals.

    • a framework for assessment, care planning, harm reduction approaches, dealing with overdose, intoxication and withdrawals, and psychological and pharmacological interventions.

     This new edition is fully updated and includes expanded coverage of performance enhancing drugs, e-cigarettes, cannabis use, gender disparities in substance use and treatment, public health approaches to substance use and screening tools for alcohol misuse. Alcohol and Drug Misuse is enhanced with activities and learning outcomes throughout.

    It is essential reading for nursing, healthcare and social work students taking substance misuse modules, as well as related post-registration/qualification courses for health and social care professionals.

    Part 1. Alcohol and Drug and global policy initiatives


    1. Demystifying Terms: Understanding substance-related concepts and disorders


    2. Breaking stereotypes: Developing self-awareness and attitude


    3. From ancient rituals to modern addictions: A history of psychoactive substances


    4. Exploring addiction: models and theoretical perspectives


    5. Exploring addiction: Understanding nature, patterns, administration and risks


    6. Global policy initiatives and strategy on alcohol and drugs


    Part 2. Psychoactive substances


    7. Alcohol


    8. Opiates and opioids


    9. Cannabis and Synthetic Cannabis


    10. Stimulants: amphetamines, cocaine and khat


    11. Psychedelics: A Journey into Hallucinogenic Drugs


    12. Anabolic steroids, amyl and butyl nitrite, hypno-sedatives, volatile substances, over-the-counter drugs, smart and eco drugs


    13. Nicotine addiction, electronic nicotine delivery systems and Shisha smoking


    Part 3. Special issues and populations


    14. Blood-borne infections


    15. Alcohol and drug use in women


    16. Mental health problems and substance use disorder: Co-occurring disorders


    17. Alcohol and drug use in culturally and linguistically diverse communities


    18. Vulnerable people: the elderly and homeless and alcohol and drug use


    19. Young people: alcohol and drug misuse


    Part 4. Role, prevention and strategies for change


    20. Generic role in response to alcohol and drug misuse


    21. Public health approaches to substance misuse


    22. Strategies in helping people to change


    23. Working with diversity: Cultural competence


    Part 5. Care planning and intervention strategies


    24. Framework for assessment, risk assessment and screening


    25. Care planning: Principles and practice


    26. Psychosocial and pharmacological interventions


    27. Harm reduction approach


    28. Intoxication and overdose: Health interventions


    29. Drug misuse: Pharmacological and psychosocial interventions


    30. Alcohol misuse: Pharmacological and psychosocial interventions


    31. Smoking cessation: Health interventions


    32. Epilogue


    G. Hussein Rassool is Professor of  Islāmic Psychology at the Centre for Islāmic Studies & Civilisations, Charles Sturt University, Australia. He is also Director of Studies at the Department of  Islāmic Psychology, Psychotherapy & Counselling, Al Balagh Academy and the Chair of Al Balagh Institute of  Islāmic Psychology Research. He is a Fellow of the International Association of Islāmic  Psychology (FIAIP) and the Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH).  He works as a part-time Islāmic  psychotherapist. He is one of the leading academics in the areas of Islāmic  psychology and psychotherapy and is involved in the development of the first BSc Islāmic  Psychology at IOU. His research interests include psychosocial and spiritual problems in relation to mental health, psychosocial and spiritual interventions, indigenous psychology, Islāmic  counselling and psychotherapy and  Islāmic ethics in psychology. He has published over 22 books, as well as over 150 papers and reviews in peer-reviewed journals.