Alcohol and Drug Misuse: A Handbook for Students and Health Professionals

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Written by an experienced author and lecturer, this five part text presents an introduction to drug and alcohol misuse and provides:

  • 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 the problems associated with psychoactive substances and their impact on groups such as black and minority ethnic people, 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, community and hospitals
  • a framework for assessment, care planning, harm reduction approach, dealing with overdose, intoxication and withdrawals, psychological and pharmacological interventions
  • an accessible and skills-oriented approach to assist students and practitioners in dealing with drug and alcohol misuse.

Alcohol and Drug Misuse takes into account current policy initiatives and practice for substance use and misuse and includes a range of pedagogical features to enhance learning. It is essential reading for nursing and health students taking substance misuse modules, as well as related CPD courses for health care professionals.

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'It is important that addiction be addressed from a global perspective. This is one of those rare books that is able to accomplish this goal. The author has traveled, lived and studied in a variety of countries and exhibits an understanding of the global nature of substance misuse and addiction. This book will be an invaluable asset to the reader's addiction reference collection.' - Professor Christine Vourakis, California State University, Sacramento and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Addictions Nursing

'This is an excellent piece of work by a well known educationalist in the field. The book is well written in such a way that everyone can learn from it. It is essential reading for all health students.' - Professor Salman Rawaf, Director of Public Health, WHO Collaborating Centre

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415409674
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/29/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

G. Hussein Rassool is Visiting Professor of Addiction and Mental Health at the University of Sao Paulo at Ribeirao Preto, Brazil.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Overview of Substance Misuse and Policy Initiatives 1. Introduction to Substance Use and Misuse 2. Self-Awareness and Attitude 3. Historical Overview 4. Theories of Addiction 5. Nature of Addiction 6. Policy Initiatives and Strategy in Alcohol and Drug Misuse Part 2: Psychoactive Substances 7. Alcohol 8. Opiates 9. Cannabis 10. Stimulants: Amphetamines, Cocaine and Khat 11. Hallucinogens 12. Anabolic Steroids, Amyl and Butyl Nitrite, Hypno-Sedatives, Volatile Substances, Over-The-Counter Drugs, Smart and Eco Drugs 13. Nicotine Addiction Part 3: Special Issues and Populations 14. Blood-Borne Infections 15. Alcohol and Drug Use in Women 16. Psychiatric Disorders and Substance Misuse (Dual Diagnosis) 17. Alcohol and Drug Misuse in Black and Ethnic Minority Communities 18. Vulnerable People: Elderly and Homelessness 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. Prevention and Health Education 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 and Screening 25. Care Planning, Implementation and Evaluation 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.Chapter 32: Competence and Professional Development

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