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Murray, Mary, ed. (2016) Family support handbook. Information for families affected by someone’s drug and alcohol use. Galway: Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force.

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This book was put together by practitioners working in the area of drug and alcohol support and is based on recommendations from family members that had previously sought information and support.

Table of contents
• Introduction p.3
• Information about drugs p.5
• Most commonly used drugs p.7
• Signs and symptoms of drug use p.17
• The nature and phases of drug use p.18
• What is dependency/addiction? P.19
• Understanding change p.21
• Health issues arising from substance use p.23
• Substance use and mental health p.25
• Overdose risks p.26
• Methadone p.28
• Drugs and the law p.29
• Legal aid p.34
• Drugs and the family p.37
• Self-care p.43
• What is mindfulness and meditation? P.46
• Social work and child welfare p.49
• Help for grandparents and other carers p.50
• Care options p.52
• Bereavement p.55
• Drug related intimidation p.57
• Crime & prison p.59
• Information on support services available p.61


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