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Daniel Briggs and Rubén Monge Gamero

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447341680

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447341680.001.0001

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Journeys to dependence

Journeys to dependence

(p.95) 5 Journeys to dependence
Dead-End Lives

Daniel Briggs

Rubén Monge Gamero

Policy Press

In this chapter we show how these structural and cultural experiences are important because they all play a part in their foreground subjective decisions and actions to try and return to drugs. The people who we met in Valdemingómez are from seriously deprived zones of urban centres, poor rural areas and/or are immigrants who have struggled with life in Spain. Many of these people had disrupted families, grew up in poverty and where crime and drugs was often all around them, did poorly in schools, and often had temporary stints in various types of precarious work industries such as construction, and other manual labour posts. Further investment in drugs does not necessarily occur because of their ‘addictive propensity’ – although this is not to deny that drugs have compulsive properties - but because of the motivation these people associate with the need to continue to us drugs to deal with changing situations of their lives such as failing to get an education or work. Addiction is further accelerated by the structural processes we pointed out in the previous chapters which produces variations of “dependence displacement” as they are moved from “poblado to poblado”. This culminates in a “dependence acceleration” when they come to stay/live in Valdemingómez.

Keywords:   Drugs, initiation, cyclical habits, dependence, dependence displacement, dependence acceleration

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