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By Hamid Ghodse

This ebook offers with all features of substance abuse and drug dependence. within the ebook, present drug difficulties are set opposed to old and epidemiological views and theoretical themes also are incorporated. The ebook goals to supply transparent useful information at the overview and administration of all drug similar difficulties in keeping with a contemporary, multi-disciplinary process. matters of present trouble akin to pregnant addicts, the consequences of AIDS on drug abuse rules and nationwide and foreign regulations for prevention also are incorporated. the amount is meant as a consultant and reference resource for all these execs who're focused on assisting drug abusers reminiscent of scholars in-training, basic practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists and social employees.

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Of course, there is a diVerence between a rat or monkey pressing a lever to get a dose of drug and an individual’s overwhelming craving for it. There are, however, certain similarities between the two conditions: the monkey will press the lever thousands of times just to get a dose of a powerfully reinforcing drug and, given unlimited access to it, may stop eating food and drinking water altogether, and will increase its intake of drug to the point of starvation, dehydration, severe toxicity and death.

It is this total background acceptance of drug-taking behaviour that is the most signiWcant change that has taken place in society in recent years and it has set the scene for new problems of abuse and dependence. 2 Drug dependence in the UK – and elsewhere In the midst of current concern about drug-related problems and of endless dialogue about what should or should not be ‘done’ about them, it is interesting and valuable to consider the historical background to the present situation in the UK.

The fear of an AIDS epidemic had other consequences too. Specialists in public health medicine took the lead in initiating action to prevent it and, in an environment of near-panic and with very little knowledge about addictions and their treatment, introduced new measures which, almost without exception, focused on the communicable disease component of the problem and ignored their consequences for the treatment of addictions. Thus the emphasis on ‘harm reduction’ (see Chapter 7) for the apparent sake of public health, undermined the eVective treatment of individual addicts and often became an end in itself.

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