Drink, Drugs and Dependence: From Science to Clinical Practice

Drink, Drugs and Dependence: From Science to Clinical Practice

Drink, Drugs and Dependence: From Science to Clinical Practice

Drink, Drugs and Dependence: From Science to Clinical Practice

Synopsis

Professionals working in the caring professions are increasingly coming into contact with clients experiencing problems with alcohol or drugs. This book guides the reader through the nature of substance use and chemical dependency.

Excerpt

I was delighted to accept the invitation to provide a foreword for this publication which is targeted at professionals first encountering individuals with drug and alcohol related problems.

The government's anti-drug strategy, set out in Tackling Drugs to Build a Better Britain, seeks to shift the emphasis away from dealing with the consequences of drug misuse to preventing them happening in the first place. Education has a key role to play, as does ensuring that those who develop drug problems can access good, effective treatment programmes. To help realize our goals, significant additional resources have been made available but equally important government departments, agencies and others in the field are working closely together towards common targets.

The editors of this publication have also recognized the benefits of effective co-operation, and the range of disciplines that have contributed to this publication is impressive. It combines the scientific with the practical and presents issues clearly in context and will, I am sure, prove a valuable resource to many.

Only by working effectively together can we achieve our aim of reducing the harm and damage that drugs and alcohol cause to individuals and society.

Keith Hellawell
The uk Anti-drugs Co-ordinator

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