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- DescriptionSocial care and health professionals encounter people with drug and alcohol problems on a daily basis, but many feel ill-equipped to respond. Although people working across various professions will approach substance users from different perspectives, the kwledge and skills needed to intervene effectively are the same for all. With a strong emphasis on the core skills needed for practice, this up-to-date and accessible text provides a complete guide to working with substance users and their relatives. It covers the nature of problematic use and introduces theories as to why people experience substance problems and why people change. The book moves on to examine a number of effective interventions and how they can be applied, including assessment and care planning, pharmacological treatments and cognitive behavioural therapy. Distinctively, in addition to chapters on working with specific groups such as adolescents and involuntary service users, it also addresses the implications of parental problems for children and explores ways of helping adults affected by a relative's substance use. Supported throughout by case examples and activities to help apply theories and concepts to practice, this comprehensive text equips readers with the kwledge and skills needed to work with substance users.
- Author BiographyGeorge Allan is a qualified social worker whose career has primarily involved working in the substance problems and criminal justice fields. He recently retired from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, where he was a lecturer specialising in teaching substance problems modules. George is the chair of Scottish Drugs Forum.
- Author(s)George Allan
- PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
- Date of Publication17/04/2014
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPalgrave Macmillan
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight472 g
- Width157 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine17 mm
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