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

Models and central themes

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Slide 1

  • Moral Model - Views addiction as a sin or a moral weakness

  • Psycho-dynamic Model - Asserts childhood traumas are associated with how we cope or do not cope as adults

  • Disease Model - Argues that the origins of addiction lie in the individual themselves

  • Social Learning Model - Suggests that dependence exists on a continuum and consists of a number of behavioural and cognitive elements

Slide 2

  • Public Health Model - Drug use seen as the interaction between the drug, the individual and the environment

  • Socio-cultural Model - Argues that substance abuse should be examined in a wider social context and can be linked to inequality