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UCLan Seminar "Reclaiming & Redefining Recovery"

The Social Context of Problematic Drug Use in England and the Challenges for Recovery
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Julian Buchanan

on 23 January 2016

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Transcript of UCLan Seminar "Reclaiming & Redefining Recovery"

The Social Context of Problematic Drug Use in England and the Challenges for Recovery
(c) Murray Wilson 2015
Rat Park Prof Alexander
deprivation
alienation
poverty
hopelessness
no alternative
The Globalization of Addiction: A Study in Poverty of the Spirit (2010)
Demonisation, Blame, Fear, Rejection & Hate
drug
set
setting
illegal
'drugs'
legal pharmaceuticals
legal and
commercially promoted
substances not generally perceived as 'drugs' embedded in leisure, pleasure & occasion
legal
highs
Socially Constructed Distinctions
addictive substances?
DRUGS
NON -DRUGS
What do we mean by drugs?
What do we understand about addiction?
Who struggles to recover and why?
julianbuchanan@gmail.com
wmdynui@hotmail.com
Opportunities, support and social reintegration are more difficult in an era of austerity
CONCLUSION
Recovery is severely hindered by stigma and discrimination rooted in a hypocritical and misinformed 'Drug War'
The people who struggle to recover often have damaged lives before addiction
Addiction has much more to do with set & setting rather than substance
http://tinyurl.com/PrestonRecovery
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