Crisis Intervention: Theory and Methodology

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CHAPTER 10
Substance
Abuse

Opiate, n. An unlocked door in the prison of Identity. It leads to the jail yard.

—Ambrose Bierce

Life is a never ending process in change. People change, fashions change—skirts are long and flowing one year, and the next year women and young girls are wearing microminiskirts. Men also change with "fashion," from wide lapels to small lapels, from cuffs on their trousers to no cuffs on their trousers. However, changes in fashions that we wear cause no harm. But they do make money for the fashion designers and retail stores.

A trend has occurred that is a danger to the youth and to those in the "Generation X." Designer drugs are now "in." Who has heard of "roofies" or "Scoop?" Of course, common to many are "pot," "crack," "sniffing," "uppers," and "downers," "H," and "smack." How much is known about these street drugs? Who takes them and why—where do they get them? What effect do some of them have? Is the effect a temporary or a permanent state? Can they cause the death of the person who takes them—or is given them?

California Attorney General Dan Lungren reported on the increased use of drugs by American teenagers less than a week after Senator Bob Dole released a similar finding in the Federal Report (1996). Much like the national statistics released, a disturbing trend of growing drug use is seen among students.

In the late 1980s, drug use among students decreased. In the early 90s, it mostly leveled off, with some warning signs of small increases. Over the past 4 years, a dramatic increase in drug use has occurred, back to levels that rival peaks of 10 years ago.

The federal study found drug use among 12 to 17 year olds escalated from 5.3% in 1992 to 10.9% in 1995. The state departments of alcohol and drug

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