The Life of the Heroin User

The Life of the Heroin User : Typical Beginnings, Trajectories and Outcomes

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Heroin is a worldwide scourge and a seemingly intractable one. The Life of the Heroin User: Typical Beginnings, Trajectories and Outcomes is the first book to apply a biographical approach to the lifecycle of the heroin user from birth until death. Chapters address each stage of the user's life, including childhood, routes to use, the development of dependence, problems arising from addiction, death and options for treatment and prevention. Drawing on over two decades of experience in the field of opiate research, Shane Darke examines major theoretical approaches to the development of opiate dependence and the efficacy of treatment options for opiate dependence. Key points are presented at the end of each chapter. The most detailed review available of what is likely to happen to the dependent heroin user, this is an important book for clinicians, researchers and students in the fields of drug and alcohol studies and public more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 20 tables
  • 1139126040
  • 9781139126045

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Addict 'careers': the lifecycle of the opioid user; 2. Parents and childhood; 3. Early teenage years: the onset of substance use; 4. The mid-teens: the commencement of opioid use; 5. The twenties and thirties: the polydrug-using opioid user; 6. The drug treatment cycle: remission and relapse; 7. The older opioid user: the forties and beyond; 8. Death: rates and causes; 9. Conclusions: an inevitable life and death?; more

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'This little volume achieved what its author intended to do; summarize the lifecycle of the heroin abuser in a well written, informative, and readable text ... this is worthwhile reading for everybody interested in substance abuse and for all trainees and clinicians in the field.' Richard Balon, Annals of Clinical Psychiatryshow more