chapter  1
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Substance Abuse Counseling with Boys and Men:

ByGender and Development Matters

Common sense will tell you that the progression described in this proverb does not happen to every man who “takes a drink.” However, there are men for whom the wisdom of this ancient saying, in its simplicity, captures the essence of their lived experiences. As they refl ect back upon their own personal process of initiation and use of substances, they can see how the consequences of their substance abuse have left them feeling that somehow “the drink took the man” that they had hoped to be. And yet who is this “man” that they had hoped to become?