Alcohol and Drug Use: Information, Support and Guidance for Family and Friends of Those with Substance Use Problems

Alcohol and Drug Use: Information, Support and Guidance for Family and Friends of Those with Substance Use Problems

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Edited by John Vernon

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  • Publisher: Nell James Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 182 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 203mm
  • Publication date: 12 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Chorley
  • ISBN 10: 0956702422
  • ISBN 13: 9780956702425

Product description

This book is designed to help anyone who is concerned about a friend or family member who is drinking too heavily or taking drugs. Written in an accessible jargon-free manner, it outlines how you can help someone on the road to recovery, pointing out some of the common pitfalls that many friends and family make when trying to deal with complex and sometimes seemingly insurmountable problems caused by, or as a consequence of, drugs and/or drinking. Providing valuable background information on the most common drugs used (including alcohol), this book offers important advice regarding signs to look out for and the health risks of continued use. There is also a section on individuals who have mental health issues alongside substance use as well as the problem of combining alcohol with drugs, or using more than one drug. However, the crucial part of this book is the down-to-earth, practical advice and guidance on how you can help your friend or relative overcome drug or alcohol use. There will be occasions when you will both need the help of a professional and this book provides details of organisations you can contact. All in all, this is a book that will offer valuable support as you help someone recover from a drug and/or alcohol problem. A percentage of all royalties from the sale of this book are donated to charity.

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Author information

John Vernon is a Lecturer in Nursing at the University of Manchester where he devised, runs and teaches modules that are designed to help health care professionals who encounter patients and clients who have experienced substance use and/or dual diagnosis problems.

Table of contents

Contents: Why do people use alcohol and drugs? Part 1: Background to alcohol and drugs Alcohol; Heroin; Cannabis; Cocaine; Amphetamines; Dance drugs (LSD, ecstasy, poppers, magic mushrooms, ketamine, GHB, GBL); Solvent abuse (chemicals, glues); Taking more than one drug or combining alcohol with drugs Part 2: Drugs and mental health (dual diagnosis) Alcohol and mental health; Heroin and mental health; Cannabis and mental health; Amphetamines and mental health; Self-harm and suicide Part 3: How you can help someone with substance use Understanding your feelings Understanding the feelings of the person drinking or using drugs The impact on relationships: partners, family, children Stop before you approach the topic Choosing the right time Approaching the subject Listening Dealing with reluctance and resistance Helping them stop Treatments available Withdrawal Lapse and relapse Part 4: Real-life stories of substance use Part 5: Resources for additional help and support Index