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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Working with Substance Users

A Guide to Effective Interventions

ISBN 9781137278043
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

This is a must-have text for those working with people with substance problems. By inviting the reader to explore the application of different interventions in practice, it acts as an accessible and comprehensive guide to practice when working with substance users and their close ones.

George Allan is a qualified social worker whose career has primarily involved working in the substance problems and criminal justice fields. He recently retired from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, where he was a lecturer specialising in teaching substance problems modules. George is the chair of Scottish Drugs Forum.

PART I: CONTEXT AND THEORY
1. Defining and Experiencing Substances
2. What is a Substance Problem?
3. Why do People Develop Substance Problems?
4. Cultural Trends; Social Control
5. Why and how do People Change?
PART II: INTERVENTIONS IN PRACTICE
6. Effective Interventions, Competent Practitioners, Successful Services
7. Assessment and Care Planning
8. Motivational Interviewing
9. Harm Reduction; Less Intensive Treatment; Brief Interventions
10. Pharmacological Treatments
11. Interventions: Specific Approaches
12. Relapse Prevention, Endings and Follow Up Care
PART III: SPECIFIC POPULATIONS
13. Psychological Distress and Substance Problems
14. Children Affected by Parental Problems
15. Significant Others: Adults
16. Young People: Substance Use and Substance Problems
17. Offenders and Other Involuntary Service Users
Appendix
Appendix: Validated Questionnaires
Index


Reviews

A lucid and comprehensive introduction to substance use and dependence which will define undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the field for some time to come' – Ian Paylor, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Lancaster University, UK
'This broad-ranging text provides valuable insights into effective ways of working with people who use drugs' - Peter Higgs, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, AUSTRALIA
'A treasure trove of useful advice and insights' – Neil McKeganey, Director of the Centre for Drug Misuse Research, UK
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