Alcohol and Drug Misuse: A Handbook for Students and Health Professionals

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Written by an experienced author and lecturer, this five part text presents an introduction to drug and alcohol misuse and provides:

  • the context of alcohol and drug misuse, and the nature and theories of addiction, including a historical overview and policy initiatives in contemporary society
  • an overview of the problems associated with psychoactive substances and their impact on groups such as black and minority ethnic people, young people, women, older people and the homeless
  • an understanding of the generic role responses to substance misuse in a variety of different settings and contexts, including primary care, community and hospitals
  • a framework for assessment, care planning, harm reduction approach, dealing with overdose, intoxication and withdrawals, psychological and pharmacological interventions
  • an accessible and skills-oriented approach to assist students and practitioners in dealing with drug and alcohol misuse.

Alcohol and Drug Misuse takes into account current policy initiatives and practice for substance use and misuse and includes a range of pedagogical features to enhance learning. It is essential reading for nursing and health students taking substance misuse modules, as well as related CPD courses for health care professionals.

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G. Hussein Rassool is Visiting Professor of Addiction and Mental Health at the University of Sao Paulo at Ribeirao Preto, Brazil.

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'It is important that addiction be addressed from a global perspective. This is one of those rare books that is able to accomplish this goal. The author has traveled, lived and studied in a variety of countries and exhibits an understanding of the global nature of substance misuse and addiction. This book will be an invaluable asset to the reader's addiction reference collection.' - Professor Christine Vourakis, California State University, Sacramento and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Addictions Nursing

'This is an excellent piece of work by a well known educationalist in the field. The book is well written in such a way that everyone can learn from it. It is essential reading for all health students.' - Professor Salman Rawaf, Director of Public Health, WHO Collaborating Centre

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