Zinberg's (1984) Interaction model provides a simpler version of the youth-focused system approach. It is also useful when trying to understand the relationship between different factors that impact on the drug-using experience. The model identifies three factors:
- The drug (i.e. the properties of drug(s) consumed)
- The set (the individual characteristics of the user)
- The setting (the environment in which the intoxication is occurring).
Diagram: Adapted from Zinberg's interaction model of drug use
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Text version of DiagramThe three components that lead to the drug use experience are:
- the individual;
- the environment; and
- the drug.
- Harm minimisation focuses on reducing harms from AOD use, not the use itself.
- Not all young people experience problems from their drug use.
- The context of the young person must be considered.
- The context of drug use must be considered.