Methadone: Substitution, Metaphor and Authenticity

As figure, metaphor constitutes a displacement and an extension of the meaning of words; its explanation is grounded in a theory of substitution. (Ricoeur, 1978) Press coverage of addiction tends to be prolific, if not always accurate or considered. We begin our investigation of methadone maintenance treatment by examining the ways in which it is reported in three respected daily newspapers, the New York Times (US), The Times (London, UK) and the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia). What place does methadone occupy in Western liberal discourse? What does this place offer to policy and practice in terms of scope for the development of treatment? What does it tell us about clients in terms of their status either as liberal subjects or as Others of liberalism? To conduct this analysis we have chosen to focus on the role of metaphor in articles on methadone maintenance treatment. As will become evident, the use of metaphor is a primary way in which methadone treatment is given meaning in these texts. This is not to say that coverage of methadone treatment per se in the three papers under examination is voluminous; in fact, as we will be arguing, there is a particular kind of silence around the basics of the programs Read more […]

Drug Info: Therapeutic use. Treatment. Mental and Physiological Effects. Rehab.

Entries are arranged alphabetically and follow a standardized format that allows to easily find information, and also facilitates comparisons of different drugs. Rubrics include: • Official names, Street names: This section lists the alternate names for a substance, including brand names, generic names, and chemical names for drugs, as well as common “street” names for drugs and other substances. • Drug classification: This section lists the type of drug and its classification and schedule by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, if applicable. • Key terms: This is a mini-glossary of terms in the entry that may be unfamiliar to students. • Overview: Historical background is included here, including the drug’s origin, development, and introduction to society. The current impact of the drug is discussed. • Chemical/organic composition: This section includes discussion on the various compositions of the drug, if it is found in pure or altered forms, and whether or not it is often mixed with other substances or drugs. • Ingestion methods: Availability of the drug or substance in different forms, for example, pill or powder, is discussed. • Therapeutic use: This section describes Read more […]

PMA and PMMA: Fact or fiction

PMA and PMMA: Composition, Therapeutic use, Usage trends. Treatment and rehabilitation. PMA and PMMA effects. Reactions with other drugs.

PMA and PMMA: Legal consequences

PMA and PMMA: Composition, Therapeutic use, Usage trends. Treatment and rehabilitation. PMA and PMMA effects. Reactions with other drugs.

PMA and PMMA: Personal and social consequences

PMA and PMMA: Composition, Therapeutic use, Usage trends. Treatment and rehabilitation. PMA and PMMA effects. Reactions with other drugs.

PMA and PMMA: Treatment and rehabilitation

PMA and PMMA: Composition, Therapeutic use, Usage trends. Treatment and rehabilitation. PMA and PMMA effects. Reactions with other drugs.

PMA and PMMA: Reactions with other drugs or substances

PMA and PMMA: Composition, Therapeutic use, Usage trends. Treatment and rehabilitation. PMA and PMMA effects. Reactions with other drugs.

PMA and PMMA: Physiological effects

PMA and PMMA: Composition, Therapeutic use, Usage trends. Treatment and rehabilitation. PMA and PMMA effects. Reactions with other drugs.

PMA and PMMA: Mental effects

PMA and PMMA: Composition, Therapeutic use, Usage trends. Treatment and rehabilitation. PMA and PMMA effects. Reactions with other drugs.

PMA and PMMA: Usage trends

PMA and PMMA: Composition, Therapeutic use, Usage trends. Treatment and rehabilitation. PMA and PMMA effects. Reactions with other drugs.