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Anxiety and Problematic Substance Use

Anxiety and Problematic Substance Use

This is the second in a series of articles looking at psychosocial functioning and problematic substance use. The first article looked at depression. [...] Read more

Depression and Problematic Substance Use

Depression and Problematic Substance Use

This is the first in a series of articles looking at the relationship between psychosocial functioning and problematic substance use. Research [...] Read more

ITEP and CEST

ITEP and CEST

This is the first in a series of articles about the International Treatment Effectiveness Programme (ITEP), the Client Evaluation of Self and [...] Read more

'Skunk' causes psychosis, Ibuprofen causes headaches

'Skunk' causes psychosis, Ibuprofen causes headaches

An article by Gage et al. (2016) that I read recently, 'Assessing causality in associations between cannabis use and schizophrenia risk: a two-sample [...] Read more

What's in a name? Why Soma?

What's in a name? Why Soma?

Soma (Sanskrit सोम sóma), or Haoma (Avestan), from Proto-Indo-Iranian 'sauma', was a ritual drink of importance among the early Indo-Iranians, and the [...] Read more

The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Substances

The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Substances

This is a link to an academic paper that I wrote in about 2006 (to read the full paper please click here.) The paper examines the use of psychoactive [...] Read more

Media Portrayal of Substance Use

Media Portrayal of Substance Use

Exaggeration, distortion, inaccuracy, sensationalism; each of these labels has been consistently applied to the reporting of drug related issues in [...] Read more

The Social Construction of Substance Use and Deviance

The Social Construction of Substance Use and Deviance

Social construction is a sociological view that meanings and attitudes are not ‘discovered’ but are constructed by people as they engage with the [...] Read more

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