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Blowing smoke : rethinking the war on drugs without prohibition and rehab

Author: Michael J Reznicek
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Alcohol, opiates, cocaine and marijuana, among other drugs, have been used and abused for millennia. Before the disease-model approach to drug addiction, which posits that addiction is a psychological and biological problem and that sufferers are victims, societies had a workable solution: let people consume what they want, and let informal cultural controls reinforce responsible behavior. Legal sanctions were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael J Reznicek
ISBN: 9781442215146 1442215143
OCLC Number: 785723348
Description: ix, 221 pages : illustrations ; 224 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Murder, thievery, and drunkenness --
Demon rum --
Racism, progressivism, and drug laws --
The power of paradigms --
The brain on drugs --
Deconstructing rehab --
Rehab's effectiveness : who's really in denial? --
The habit model --
Controlling teen drug use --
Controlling adult drug use --
Conclusion --
Appendix a: signs of drug use in children --
Marijuana --
Sedative-hypnotics --
Cocaine --
Methamphetamine --
Ecstasy (MDMA) --
LSD (acid) --
Heroin --
PCP (phencyclidine) --
Club drugs --
Prescription drug abuse --
Inhalants --
Drug paraphernalia --
A note about drug-testing --
Appendix b: medications used to treat addictions --
Appendix c: diagnosing addictions --
Bibliography --
About the author.
Responsibility: Michael J. Reznicek.

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Blowing Smoke argues that we are losing the drug war because of our devotion to the disease model of substance abuse. That model has become the driving force for our two main strategies in the war:  Read more...

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Drawing on his experience as a psychiatrist dealing with substance abusers, Michael Reznicek dares to question the medical profession's claim to special expertise in this area. He cogently explains Read more...

 
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