Substance use and abuse are two of the most frequent psychological problems clinicians encounter. Mainstream approaches focus on the biological and psychological factors supporting drug abuse. But to fully comprehend the issue, clinicians need to consider the social, historical, and cultural factors responsible for drug-related problems.
Substance Use and Abuse: Cultural and Historical Perspectives provides an inclusive explanation of the human desire to take drugs. Using a multidisciplinary framework, authors Russil Durrant and Jo Thakker explore the cultural and historical variables that contribute to drug use. Integrating biological, psychosocial, and cultural-historical perspectives, this innovative and accessible volume addresses the fundamental question of why drug use is such a ubiquitous feature of human society.
1. What Needs to be Explained and How Should We Explain It?
Levels of Analysis & the Multidisciplinary Nature of Psychoactive Drug Studies
Towards an Integrated Model of Substance Use & Abuse
2. The Nature & Scope of Substance Use & Abuse
What Is a Drug?
Who Uses Drugs?
Taxonomy of Drug Use Contexts
The Harms & Benefits of Drugs
From Use to Abuse
3. An Evolutionary Perspective
The Nature and Role of Evolutionary Explanations
Has Drug Use Been Selected For?
Drugs & the Brain
Drug Use, Sexual Selection, and Life History Theory
From Use to Abuse
An Integrated Evolutionary Model of Substance Use
4. Drugs in History
What Can History Tell Us about Substance Use and Abuse?
A Brief History of Drugs
5. The Forces of History: Explaining Patterns of Use and Abuse
The Functions of Drugs in Historical Perspective
New Forms, New Modes, New Substances: The Impact of Technological Change on
New Forms, New Modes, new Substances: The Impact of Technological Change on Drug Use
Economic and Political Factors
Legislation and Public Policy
A Complex Web: Multiple Influences on Patterns of Drug Use
6. Drugs and Culture
Conceptual & Methodological Issues
Indigenous Patterns of Drug Use
Drugs & Multiculturalism
7. The Role of Culture: Explaining Patterns of Use
Drugs and Culture
Culture and Drugs
Social Structural Factors
Integrating Cultural Explanations
8. Conceptualizing & Treating Substance Use Problems: A Cultural-Historical Perspective
The Pre and Early History of Addiction
Treatment for Alcohol & Drug Problems in the Nineteenth Century
The Changing Face of Drug Addiction: 1914-1960
The Alcoholism Movement
Culture & Classification
9. Prevention, Treatment & Public Policy
Legal Sanctions, Regulations, & Restrictions