Friday, 27 June 2008

A journey into and out of heroin addiction

In this briefing I decided to use a fictitious character's life as the viewpoint to learn about addiction, as I feel it is important to look at the nature of the problem with which we are dealing.

'Addiction is a multi-faceted problem, involving psychological, biological and sociological aspects. Addiction is about people’s lives. It is about their substance-using careers. There are an infinite number of pathways in to and out of addiction. Here, I start to look at one person’s life, an imaginary life drawn from the lives of many people I have met or heard about. In later Briefings, we will consider what we can learn from Lydia’s life as a heroin addict, and as a recovering/recovered heroin addict, in order to help other people.'

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