Research – Substance Abuse & Prevention

Dr. A-M. Ghadirian — Substance Abuse & Prevention

According to the United Nation, over 200 million inhabitants of the planet suffer from drug abuse or addiction.  Since the 1970s, Dr. Ghadirian has dedicated his energy to prevention of substance abuse and addiction.  His observations as director of adolescent psychiatry at the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital of Queen’s University in 1972-1973 and later at the McGill University Health Centre prompted him to concentrate on preventive education.  He has spoken widely on this subject in North, Central and South America as well as in China and other countries.  He has published articles and books on it as well. His earlier book, In Search of Nirvana and his more recent one, Alcohol and Drug Abuse have been published in several languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Persian and Chinese.

Substance Abuse: A Baha’i Perspective – A-M. Ghadirian, M.D., Palabra Publications, Riviera, Florida, USA, 2000.

Ghadirian, A-M.: Adolescent alcoholism: Motives and alternatives. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 20: 469-474, 1979.

_________: The dilemma of drug abuse. World Order, 15:31-46, 1981, (Wilmette, Illinois).

_________: In Search of Nirvana – A New Perspective on Alcohol and Drug Dependency. George Ronald Publisher, Oxford, England, 1985. Second Edition, 1989.

Ghadirian, A-M., Subak, M.E., Kovess, V., Gregoire, G. and Prince R.: Alcohol and Drug Use Among Montreal High School Students.  Proceedings of the 34th International Congress on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (1985), Volume 2, Papers, 22-24 (published in 1986).

Lalinec-Michaud, M., Subak, M.E., Ghadirian, A-M. and Kovess, V.:  Substance misuse among native and rural high school students in Quebec.  The International Journal of the Addictions, 26: 1003-1012, 1991.

____________: A Baha’i perspective on drug abuse prevention. Bulletin on Narcotics (United Nations), 43: 35-40, 1991. (Published internationally in six languages).

____________: Psychoactive substance abuse and psychopathology.  In: Environment and Psychopathology (Ghadirian, A-M. and Lehmann, H.E., eds.), Springer Publishing Company, NY., 1993, pp. 102-118.

Malec, T.S., Dobkin, P.L., Dongier, M., Ghadirian, A-M., and Kealey, S.: A clinical trial of the combination of L-tryptophan and lithium in the treatment of chronic alcoholism. Lithium, 5: 23-27, 1994.

____________: The impact of alcoholism on the family environment. Chinese Mental Health Journal, (supp 1996): 129-130, 1996.

____________: Drugs, Herald of the South, 47: 4-7, 1997.

____________: L’abus des drogues (Penser l’avenir), Publications Baha’i Canada, Quebec City, 2001.

____________: Alcohol and Drug Abuse – A psychosocial and spiritual approach to prevention, George Ronald Publisher, Oxford, UK, 2007.

____________: Psychosocial factors in prevention of drug abuse and dependence, Chinese Journal of Drug Dependence , vol.18(6):521-526, 2009.

____________: Bridging Science, Culture and Ethics in Drug Abuse Prevention, Chinese Journal of Drug Dependence (International Symposium on Drug Abuse and Addictive Behavior), vol. 18 (4): 260-264, 2009.

____________: An Integrated Approach to Drug-Abuse Treatment: The Role of Prevention.  In Substance Abuse Disorders: Evidence and Experience (Hamid Ghodse, Helen Herrman, Mario Maj, Norman Sartorius – Eds.), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., West Sussex, UK, 2011, pp. 91-94. 

____________:  Integrating Science and Spirituality in Prevention of Substance Abuse.  In: Handbook of Spirituality – Beliefs Systems, Social Impact and Roles in Coping (Cleveland A. Stark and Dylan C. Bonner, Eds.) Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York, 2012, pp. 291-301.  

____________:  L’abus de drogue et d’alcool: une démarche psychologique et spirituelle de la prévention, Librairie baha’ie, Paris, France, 2012.