The Social Psychology of Drug Abuse

Paperback | December 1, 2001

bySteve Sussman, Susan Ames

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* Is drug abuse a disease?
* What causes drug abuse?
* How can drug abuse be best prevented or treated?

This concise and comprehensive overview unravels the complexities surrounding the definition, cause and treatment of drug abuse. The authors set out the different classes of drugs of abuse, distinguish drug use from abuse, and consider whether or not drug abuse should be seen as a disease. They go on to examine other compulsive behaviours, such as eating disorders and pathological gambling, for their similarities and differences from drug abuse, and detail current methods of assessing drug abuse. Numerous extra-personal and intra-personal predictors of drug use and abuse are examined, including drug distribution systems, and biological factors, as well as social psychological factors. Finally, the authors present the wide spectrum of current prevention and treatment programmes and discuss future directions in the prevention and cessation of drug abuse. This book takes an international approach and provides vital information on key issues, presenting its material from a social psychological perspective, but drawing on work in public health, clinical psychology and sociology. Each chapter provides a summary and tables to help the reader integrate the information. It will prove invaluable not only to undergraduate and postgraduate students, but to counsellors, researchers, and policy makers.

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* Is drug abuse a disease?* What causes drug abuse?* How can drug abuse be best prevented or treated?This concise and comprehensive overview unravels the complexities surrounding the definition, cause and treatment of drug abuse. The authors set out the different classes of drugs of abuse, distinguish drug use from abuse, and consider ...

Steve Sussman received his doctorate in psychology from the Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago. He is now a professor at the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research at the University of Southern California. He has published over 160 articles in the areas of drug abuse prevention and cessation, and empirical progra...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:December 1, 2001Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0335206182

ISBN - 13:9780335206186

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Table of Contents

Series editor's foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements

Part one: General issues pertaining to drug abuse

Definitions of drug abuse and drug abuse consequences
Is drug abuse a disease?
Drug abuse and other problem behaviours
Assessment of drug abuse

Part two: Predictors of drug use and abuse

Extra-personal predictors of drug abuse
Intra-personal predictors of drug abuse
Integrated theories of drug abuse

Part three: Drug abuse prevention and cessation programming and the future

Drug abuse prevention programmes
Drug abuse cessation programmes and relapse prevention
Future considerations in the drug abuse arena
Bibliography
Index.