Drug Use and Abuse: Signs/Symptoms, Physical and Psychological Effects and Intervention Approaches


Marie Claire Van Hout (Editor)
Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science, School of Health Science, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland

Series: Substance Abuse Assessment, Interventions and Treatment
BISAC: PSY038000

The use and misuse of drugs is a major social, health, political and economic issue globally. This book presents a series of chapters on the impact of drug use during pregnancy; the impact of parental drug addiction on the child with recommendations for supporting children and teenagers during a parents’ recovery process, the development of parental skills and renewed parent-child bonding; how improvements in positive child outcomes can result from interagency working between child protection and addiction treatment providers; prospective practitioners’ views on youth work and drug education tactics with specific interest in distinguishing between social work and teaching majors intentions to work in the drugs field, their attitudes towards youth drug users, and levels of satisfactions with education and training in the field; the environmental, social and structural factors relating to drug use and sex work; the use of the mind altering plant known as Khat for social, psychological, cultural and religious reasons; over the counter codeine use, misuse and dependence, psychosocial consequences of marijuana use in terms of relaxation, enhancement and coping motives and associated outcomes; the molecular genetic mechanisms of addiction relating to amphetamines, cocaine, nicotine, and opioids; the role of stress in the development of addiction to psycho-stimulant drugs in animal models; gender and mental health service provision with particular reference to alcohol related disorders and sensitivity of care, and use of motivational interviewing within the clinical context. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Illicit Drug Use during Pregnancy-Epidemiology, Effects and Ways to Intervene
(Zaino Petersen, South African Medical Research Council, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, South Africa)

Chapter 2. The Effects of Parental Drug Addiction on the Child
(Rebekah Brennan, School of Health Sciences, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland)

Chapter 3. Transforming Inter-Agency Practice Activity in an Irish Context: Practitioner Research from Addiction Treatment and Social Work Agencies
(Liam McCarthy and Robert O’Driscoll, Irish Association of Social Work & Irish Association of Alcohol and Addiction Counsellors, Dublin, Ireland)

Chapter 4. The Future of Hong Kong’s Anti-Drugs Campaign: Prospective Practitioners’ Views on Engaging in Drug Abuse Work, Attitudes Toward Young Drug Users, and Satisfaction with Drugs Education
(Kevin Kwok-yin Cheng, Henry Wai-hang Ling and Wing Hong Chui, Department of Social Work & Social Administration, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Chapter 5. A Comparative Analysis of the Different Legislative Controls Relating to Sex Work and Drug Use in the Netherlands and Ireland
(Dara Losty, School of Social Sciences and Law, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland)

Chapter 6. Khat-Chewing Practice: Physio-Psycho-Socioeconomic Impacts and Treatment Approaches
(Kaliyaperumal Karunamoorthi, College of Public Health & Medical Sciences, Jimma University, Et, Ethiopia and others)

Chapter 7. A Respectable Addiction: Over the Counter Codeine Use, Misuse and Dependence
(Marie Claire Van Hout, Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland)

Chapter 8. Marijuana Motives and Associated Outcomes: Relaxation and Enhancement versus Coping Motivations
(Andrew D. Hathaway, Maritt Kirst and Patricia G. Erickson, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada and others)

Chapter 9. Molecular Genetic Mechanisms of Addiction Involving the ΔFosB Pathways
(John Grandy, North Country Urgent Care and Whitestone Consulting LLC, Chanhassen, MN, USA)

Chapter 10. The Role of Stress in Psychostimulant Addiction: Treatment Approaches Based on Animal Models
(Marta Rodríguez-Arias, Maria Pilar García-Pardo, Sandra Montagud-Romero, Jose Miñarro and Maria Asunción Aguilar, Department of Psychobiology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain)
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Chapter 11. Gender Sensitivity and Mental Health Care Provision
(Michel Bergin, John Wells and Sara Owen, Department of Nursing, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland, and others)

Chapter 12. Motivational Interviewing: A Model in a Story
(Colin O’ Driscoll, Institute of Health, Medical Sciences & Society, Glyndwyr University, Wrexham, UK)


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