At a world level addiction and the fall-out from substance use is affecting more and more lives. Professionals are increasingly being confronted with puzzling, multifaceted aspects of substance use, whether they work in a clinic, the laboratory or the community.
If you are a member of any caring profession, sooner or later you will encounter problems caused by drugs, alcohol and tobacco. In order to understand substance use and substance users, no single discipline can provide all the answers. In a novel way, this book integrates biological science, social science and clinical experience. It draws together contributions from experts in these diverse and rapidly growing fields, providing the reader with a deeper capacity to engage with problems effectively.
Drink, Drugs and Dependence includes thought-provoking examples, illustrations and test questions to support problem-based learning. Designed to be read consecutively or as a reference text, it will be a welcome resource for all those working in the field of addiction.
'Both students and established practitioners will benefit from reading and dipping into this book.' - The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health
'An addiction text for healthcare professionals that is both readable and worthwhile.' - Addiction
Foreword 1. What is a Drug and What is Addiction? 2. Systematic Effects of Excess Alcohol Consumption 3. Alcohol and the Genetic Predisposition 4. Alcohol and the Brain 5. Alcohol on the Mind 6. The Sociology of Alcohol Abuse 7. Alcohol and Society 8. Smoking and the Lung 9. Smoking: Addiction to Nicotine 10. Helping People to Stop Smoking 11. Molecular Basis of Addiction 12. Ecstasy 13. Adolescent Drug Use and Health: Problems Other Than Dependence 14. The Nature of Heroin and Cocaine Dependence 15. Benzodiazepine Abuse 16. Treatment Options Across the Addictions 17. Rehabilitation: The Long Haul 18. Policing Drug Abuse 19. Prevention