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In Place of the Self

How Drugs Work

Ron Dunselman

304 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Hawthorn Press


Published:  January 2007


As drug use rises, the challenge of drug dependency also increases. Some people view the use of recreational drugs such as ecstasy or cannabis as a personal choice, like smoking or drinking alcohol. There are pressures for decriminalising drugs, offering better prevention, health support and education. In In Place of the Self, Ron Dunselman sheds important light on addiction, so that both individuals and professionals can make more informed choices. Drawing on extensive research with drug users and his rehabilitation work as a psychologist, he offers remarkable insights into:

  • Why drugs, and the changed states they induce, are so attractive to users
  • The origin and history of drugs and society
  • The profound effects of drugs on human consciousness
  • Personal stories by users, and detailed descriptions of the physical, psychological and spiritual effects of each drug
  • How drugs can undermine personal identity, at a time when more and more people are open to spiritual experiences

“This well-researched book is the work of someone who has dedicated himself practically supporting individuals trying to recover from the problems of drug addiction.” —Dr. Michael Evans (from the foreword)

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