Drugs in Perspective: A Personalized Look at Substance Use and Abuse

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This text emphsasizes the human cost of the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. It covers intervention, prevention, and treatment of drug addiction, with an emphasis on the family as the arena in which drug abuse takes place, whilst exploring the causes and treatment of drug abuse in society. There is a structured perspective on the use and abuse of drugs provided by exploring the dynamics and impact of dysfunctional or imbalanced family systems on the individual drug user. There is also a focus on the factors surrounding an individual's decision to use drugs, and the impact of that decision on the family and community.

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Richard Fields, Ph.D., is owner/director of FACES, Conference and Home Study Programs for Mental Health Clinicians. Dr. Fields brings an expertise to FACES based on over 30 years of work in the alcohol/drug field. He still actively counsels individuals and family members with alcohol/drug problems, training thousands of professionals each year at FACES Conferences (www.facesconferences.com). Formerly the assistant director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse's Western Regional Training Center, he has conducted training throughout the Western United States. As a consultant, Dr. Fields has worked to develop a number of University and College programs, creating educational classes, workshops and conferences (UCLA Extension, Dept. of Allied Health and Medicine, University of Washington, School of Social Work Extension, Seattle University, Edmonds Community College, University of California, Irvine, Riverside, Santa Cruz and others). Dr. Fields is the author of Drugs in Perspective, 6th edition, McGraw Hill, 2007. This college textbook is standard in most alcohol/drug studies programs.

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