The Drug Problem: A New View Using the General Semantics Approach

The Drug Problem: A New View Using the General Semantics Approach

The Drug Problem: A New View Using the General Semantics Approach

The Drug Problem: A New View Using the General Semantics Approach

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

What can we do about the drug problem? It seems almost impossible to obtain fact-based guidance. From many directions, conflicting opinions assail us on definitions of the problem and on possible solutions.

One argument says [addiction is a disease] and addicts need treatment. Another says [addicts are morally corrupt] so punish the criminals. The dispute about drug policy often involves emotion and rhetoric rather than facts.

Media images add to the disarray. Dark gothic stereotypes of lawbreakers, gangs, addicts, dealers, and evil drug lords reinforce the fear of a society on the brink of ruin. Some groups use these extreme views to justify the claim that desperate times need desperate means.

Sadly, we have come to accept the war metaphor as valid, and in many cases as the only way to frame and solve the problem. As we invest more resources in the war on drugs we overlook other positive, reality-based methods that work and fail to seek new alternatives.

In The Drug Problem: A New View Using the General Semantics Approach, Dr. Martin H. Levinson challenges our assumptions about the drug problem in America. He questions our definitions and our narrow approach in the search for a remedy. He demonstrates that we can act effectively to prevent young people from damaging their lives with drugs and alcohol. Dr. Levinson directs a program in New York City recognized for its success in doing just that.

Dr. Levinson has devoted his career to drug education and prevention. For his doctorate, he conducted a controlled study of junior high-school student alienation. For many years he has supervised a drug education and prevention program for students in New York City. He operates in the field; he and his staff know which methods work and which do not. They see the results of their efforts reflected in the quality of life of each student client.

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