The etiology and treatment of substance abuse

Mark Peyrot

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Abstract

The abuse of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) has become one of the most important social problems in modern society. AOD abuse causes untold personal anguish to the abusers and their families, is associated with high levels of crime, and the health consequences include death and disability. Billions are spent on treatment, prevention, and incarceration. The papers in this special issue focus on two key issues in the study of AOD abuse: etiology and treatment. Etiology is a key factor because it is the foundation for prevention and treatment programs. If the etiology of AOD abuse can be unraveled, abuse can be prevented and treatment can be effectively targeted. But, effective treatment also requires an understanding of how treatment works.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-195
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
Volume16
Issue number5-6
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

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The etiology and treatment of substance abuse. / Peyrot, Mark.

In: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 16, No. 5-6, 01.05.1996, p. 178-195.

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