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Substance Misuse

Substance Misuse

The Implications of Research, Policy and Practice

Edited by Joy Barlow

Part of the Research Highlights in Social Work series

Quick Overview

Substance misuse and its pervasive problems is a constant challenge for social work, health and related professionals today. It is paramount that professionals remain up-to-date on current issues and their responsibilities. Based on research and evidence, this book provides a sound basis for grounded and innovative practice.
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Paperback / softback
2009, 9.02in x 5.98in / 229mm x 152mm, 240pp
ISBN: 978-1-84310-696-8
CA$45.95

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2009, ePUB, 240pp
ISBN: 978-0-85700-219-8
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Description

Substance misuse and its pervasive problems is a constant challenge for social work, health and related professionals today. With heightened political and policy emphasis on all aspects of substance misuse, it is paramount that professionals remain up-to-date on current issues and their responsibilities. Based on research and evidence, this book provides a sound basis for grounded and innovative practice.

Leading international contributors outline holistic and specialist approaches to policy and practice, and highlight the shift in emphasis from immediate risk minimisation to long-term recovery, the importance of prevention and the pivotal role of workforce development. Issues surrounding work with children and families affected by substance misuse are explored, and ways of implementing new approaches revealed. The book also looks at the impact of the smoking ban in Scotland, and suggests ways to support tobacco use cessation.

This book is essential reading for all front-line practitioners working with substance misusers, including social work, health professionals and counsellors.

Reviews

'This book does a good job of covering and reconciling both ends of the spectrum - the things that never change as well as the new debates and rapid changes in the drugs field that have taken place over the last 25 years... It packs a lot into its 240 pages and most contributions are certainly interesting enough to set the reader off on a quest to find out more about each of the topics presented... A chapter provocatively entitled 'Anything new under the sun?' rightly acknowledges the complexity of a field where there are no easy answers, highlighting the ongoing interminable debates betwen 'abstinence' and 'harm reduction' in the quest for paths to 'recovery'... This book does well in covering such a wide-raging group of topics related to problem drug use.'
- Drug and Alcohol Today

'The book serves as a valuable and scholarly resource for all those working in the field of substance abuse in the UK and indeed beyond. It is refreshing to see both alcohol and tobacco included in a book devoted to substance misuse'
- Internet Law Book Reviews