Working with Substance Misusers: A Guide to Theory and Practice

Working with Substance Misusers: A Guide to Theory and Practice

Working with Substance Misusers: A Guide to Theory and Practice

Working with Substance Misusers: A Guide to Theory and Practice

Synopsis

Using role plays, clinical scenarios and reader activities to aid understanding, this is a textbook for all professionals working in the field of substance abuse for the first time.

Excerpt

After you have studied this chapter you will understand the basic effects and ill effects of some of the more commonly used substances in the UK.

The drugs described in this chapter, and throughout most of this book, act specifically on the brain and central nervous system and therefore on the mind. They commonly also have effects on many other parts of the body. Drugs not usually considered to be 'psychoactive' (mind altering) also commonly have effects on the metabolism of the brain, and in some circumstances cause psychological effects. There are almost no limits to the drug effects that some people will seek out for pleasure (for example, high doses of aspirin) but only commonly used psychoactive drugs will be considered here.

The number of existing and designable potent psychoactive drugs runs to more than a thousand, and the effects at a chemical and cellular level are incomprehensibly complex for all but the specialist neuro-psycho-pharmacologist. Fortunately, for most practical purposes the psychoactive drugs that people take for pleasure can be classified much more simply, by their effects.

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