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The Life of the Heroin User
Typical Beginnings, Trajectories and Outcomes

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Part of International Research Monographs in the Addictions

  • Author: Shane Darke, University of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107000636

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  • Heroin is a worldwide scourge and a seemingly intractable one. The Life of the Heroin User: Typical Beginnings, Trajectories and Outcomes is the first book to apply a biographical approach to the lifecycle of the heroin user from birth until death. Chapters address each stage of the user's life, including childhood, routes to use, the development of dependence, problems arising from addiction, death and options for treatment and prevention. Drawing on over two decades of experience in the field of opium research, Shane Darke examines major theoretical approaches to the development of opiate dependence and the efficacy of treatment options for opiate dependence. Key points are presented at the end of each chapter. The most detailed review available of what is likely to happen to the dependent heroin user, this is an important book for clinicians, researchers and students in the fields of drug and alcohol studies and public health.

    • Presents the natural life histories of opioid users with an engaging writing style, enabling understanding of the likely trajectories and outcomes of addiction
    • Includes a review of childhood risk factors for drug use, enabling identification of high risk children and adolescents, and also presents the first review of the life of the older heroin user
    • Reviews treatment and prevention options, with key fact summaries for quick practical reference
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    "This is a comprehensive, well-documented, factual account of heroin addiction's path and end destinations. Researchers and academicians should appreciate Darke's extensive research review and synopsis." -Choice, CL Mejta, Governor's State University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107000636
    • length: 204 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 20 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Addict 'careers': the lifecycle of the opioid user
    2. Parents and childhood
    3. Early teenage years: the onset of substance use
    4. The mid-teens: the commencement of opioid use
    5. The twenties and thirties: the polydrug-using opioid user
    6. The drug treatment cycle: remission and relapse
    7. The older opioid user: the forties and beyond
    8. Death: rates and causes
    9. Conclusions: an inevitable life and death?

  • Author

    Shane Darke, University of New South Wales, Sydney
    Shane Darke is Professor at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

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