The Treatment of Drug Dependence — A Taxonomy of Approaches

  • Ian Hindmarch


Each of the professional disciplines concerned with drug dependency has its unique approach to treatment. The focus on a particular treatment modality is in accord with the theoretical explanation adopted by that profession to explain the aetiology of drug dependency. It can be argued that such a specific concentration on limited aspects of the complex area of drug abuse leads to a ‘blinkered’ approach to the treatment of drug dependence. Several authorities (Harms 1964) have argued for a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of drug dependence, but in practice this entails a collection of professions each with their own theories and approaches to treatment with little integration of commonly held principles. The net result of a multidisciplinary approach is a fragmentation of effort and it is proposed to argue that the most effective approach to treatment is interdisciplinary.


Multidisciplinary Approach Drug Dependence Drug Addict Drug Misuse Gang Membership 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian Hindmarch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of LeedsUK

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