Module 5: young people, society and AOD: overhead transparencies

Models that help us understand AOD use in society

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Slide 1

Models of drug use

  • A number of models have been influential in the historical development of drug policies and drug treatment options. These models influence the way people work with young people and other individuals who have drug-related problems.

  • You may be able to relate to some models better than others and identify those models that underpin your agency's approach to drug use.

Slide 2

Moral model

  • During the 18th and early 19th centuries addiction was viewed as a sin and drug-dependent people were considered morally weak. Addiction was seen as a fault of one's character.

  • Spiritual direction was a common treatment. Jail sentences were also imposed as a form of punishment and at the turn of the century many drug users were put into mental hospitals as the jails became full.