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THE 5TH OKEY,THOMAS,JAMES MEMORIAL LECTURE - RESEARCH AND PRACTICE - THE NECESSARY SYMBIOSIS

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)967-986
Number of pages20
JournalBritish Journal of Addiction
Volume87
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1992

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Abstract

What relationship should exist between research and practice in the field of addictive behaviour? Are the perspectives essentially independent, or is there a necessary interaction? The extent of productive interaction is considered in three examples; (i) detoxification, (ii) stable abstinence, and (iii) goals other than abstinence. Changes are occurring in the drugs being used, the extents and types of associated co-morbidity, the levels of public and professional concern, and the explanatory paradigms which are dominant; and so it will be increasingly important for both practitioners and researchers to be sensitive and reactive to these changing circumstances. The most productive state for both research and practice will exist when they both feed off, and feed into each other-when there is indeed a necessary symbiosis.

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