Addiction 2017 Aug 7. Epub 2017 Aug 7.
Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of New South Wales Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
Background And Aims
: This narrative review aims to highlight key insights from qualitative research on drug use and drug users by profiling a selection of classic works.Methods
: Consensus methods were used to identify and select four papers published in 1938, 1969, 1973 and 1984 considered to be classics.Results
: These landmark qualitative studies included the first account of addiction as a social process, demonstrating that people have meaningful responses to drug use that cannot be reduced to their pharmacological effects; the portrayal of inner-city heroin users as exacting, energetic and engaged social agents; identification of the interactive social learning processes involved in becoming a drug user; the application of the 'career' concept to understanding transitions and trajectories of drug use over time; and the articulation of a framework for understanding drug use that incorporates the interaction between pharmacology, psychology and social environments. Read More