Substance Abuse Intervention Comparison Essay by The Research Group

Substance Abuse Intervention
An examination of the nature, effects and types of abuse and compares institutional, structured intervention programs with the anti-drug commercial approach.
# 15147 | 1,800 words | 10 sources | 2000 | US
Published on Feb 10, 2003 in Medical and Health (Drugs)

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"Substance abuse can be looked at in two distinctly different ways. One of these is a medical model, examining the physical aspects of a person’s biological make-up that compel or make it relatively easy for him or her to become psychologically and sometimes physically dependent upon some substance to the extent that the person is unable to manage their lives without the drug. Often substance abuse is the same as substance dependence or addiction, when a person has a compulsion to take a drug in order to experience its psychological (or physical) effects. Addiction is a severe form of dependence, existing when the drug has produced physiological changes in the body, as evidenced by the development of tolerance and of a withdrawal syndrome after the drug's effects have worn off.

While this is a very useful model, it is not the one that is ..."

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