Understanding and engaging with problematic substance use
This chapter will introduce the reader to the complex issue of substance use. The term substance use rather than drug use includes all legal substances such as alcohol, tobacco, prescribed substances such as benzodiazepines and anti-depressants, solvents such as aerosols and glue, and the more commonly known illicit substances such as crack cocaine, heroin and cannabis. The knowledge and value base underpinning policy and practice in this area is not without with confusion, conflict and contradiction. These tensions will be highlighted throughout the chapter. In keeping with the focus of the book on addressing offending the primary focus of the chapter will be to examine substance use which is more commonly associated with legal consequences to the individual and or others. The chapter will explore the changing patterns of substance use over recent decades, types of substance use, the legal context, the nature of ‘addiction’, the links with crime, before finally exploring what can be done to help problem substance users.
Criminal Law | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement and Corrections | Social Work
Buchanan, J. (2008) Understanding and engaging with problematic substance use. Green, S., Lancaster, E., & Feasey, S. (Eds.), Addressing Offending Behaviour Context, practice and values (chapter 14). Devon: Willan.
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Buchanan, Julian, "Understanding and engaging with problematic substance use" (2008). Social Inclusion Research Unit. Paper 11.