David Best on the influence of psychiatry on the substance misuse field
Posted on 07-12-2009
David asks where the role of critical psychiatry is within the field. He suggests that there is little challenge to the existing model. He suggests that psychiatry is unambitious giving the example of responses to work on recovery.


David Best

Associate Professor and Recovery Advocate

Location: Melbourne, Australia and UK

Dr David Best is an associate professor of addiction studies at Monash University and Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre and a recovery advocate in Australia and the UK. He was Reader in Criminal Justice at the University of Western Scotland. He was also a senior lecturer in addictions in the department of psychiatry at…

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