Drug Problem: A New View Using the General Semantics Approach

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Current approaches to the drug problem are not working and almost everyone agrees that more effective solutions are needed. This comprehensive volume offers a dynamic new approach to understanding and solving the drug problem. This text applies the techniques and formulations of general semantics to investigate and make recommendations about various aspects of drug abuse. General semantics, a process problem-solving approach based on the primacy of the scientific method and importance of language as a shaper of ...

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Overview

Current approaches to the drug problem are not working and almost everyone agrees that more effective solutions are needed. This comprehensive volume offers a dynamic new approach to understanding and solving the drug problem. This text applies the techniques and formulations of general semantics to investigate and make recommendations about various aspects of drug abuse. General semantics, a process problem-solving approach based on the primacy of the scientific method and importance of language as a shaper of thoughts and perceptions, has a proven record of success in problem-solving across a wide variety of disciplines and fields.

Topics examined include American drug history and policy, the legalization issue, drugs and creativity, treatment, and prevention. A chronological overview of drug-taking in human history and a resource guide are provided. One chapter offers an in-depth description of an effective drug abuse prevention model and a program using the model.

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Levinson, an alcoholism and substance abuse counselor in New York state, discusses drug history and policy and examines the question of drug legalization, treatment, and prevention. He applies general semantics ("a process-oriented, problem solving system") to the material, stressing precision in description and emphasizing differences between the general and the specific. A final section explores how he has applied general semantics to the question of prevention in his own practice. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275961299
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2002
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

MARTIN H. LEVINSON is an Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor in New York state, as well as Director of Project Share, a New York City school-based drug prevention program.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Paul Dennithorne Johnston

Introduction

A General Semantics Perspective on American Drug History and Policy

Dating America's Response to Drugs: An Historical Overview

Indexing Drugs for More Effective Drug Policy

General Semantics Approaches to Drug Legalization and the Use of Drugs in Literary Creativity

An "Extensional" Approach to Drug Legalization

The Quest for Instant Enlightenment: Drugs and Literary Creativity

A General Semantics Analysis of Treatment and Prevention

A Multi-Valued Analysis of Drug Addiction and Treatment

For Effective Drug Prevention, Compare the Map to the Territory

General Semantics Applications in Drug Prevention

General Semantics in the Supervision and Staff Development of Drug Prevention Specialists

A General Semantics Approach to Reducing Student Alienation

Appendix 1: Time-Binding 10,000 Years of Psychoactive Drug Use

Appendix 2: Et Cetera--A Resource and Referral Guide

Appendix 3: A Select Annotated Bibliography of General Semantics

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2002

    Excellent analysis of the drug problem

    This book offers a fascinating and comprehensive analysis of the drug problem. It has chapters on American drug history, policy, the legalization issue, drugs and creativity, treament, and prevention. There are also appendixes on 10,000 years of human drug taking and a resource and referral guide. This is a particularly valuable book because, unlike other books on the drug problem that are highly polemical, the author presents all sides of an issue before making recommendations. This allows the reader more information from which he or she can make up his or her own mind. The book also makes use of general semantics, a scientific process problem-solving approach, to provide important insights into this complex social predicament. All in all this is highly readable and very educational volume containing lots of solid information about a pressing American social problem. Highly recommended.

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