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Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to present you the book “How to Understand Psychoactive Substances”. This book is a wonderful guide for anyone interested in this topic, for anyone who has been injured or has a loved one who has been affected by drug use. In the book, I have tried to present as much scientific information on the topic as possible and at the same time to present it in an accessible way for the ordinary person (non-specialist). Many psychoactive substances, their properties, history, development, legality, methods of use, and their consequences are considered. I’ve looked at some of the most commonly used “legal” drugs, such as tobacco, alcohol, and anabolic steroids, and those we all consider dangerous or at least somewhat harmful, such as cannabis, heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, and ecstasy. Although psychoactive substances have been used since ancient times and are currently used in modern medicine, the issues related to them are increasingly relevant, important, and urgent.
I hope that my attempt to synthesize the main points and facts about drugs will be useful for every reader. I also hope that this book will help every young person in his journey of seeking and discovering pleasures, guiding him on a path safer for his health and personal development.
Thanks to all readers!
About the author
Valentin Boyadzhiev is a certified psychologist, psychoanalyst, and author. He graduated in “Psychology and Psychopathology of Development”, acquired a professional qualification “Teacher of Psychology” and a postgraduate professional qualification “Psychological counseling in psychosomatics and disorders of social adaptation.” He completed a specialization in psychoanalytic psychotherapy in California, USA, and underwent training in psychoanalysis in Manchester, England. He also graduated in a psychoanalytic program for dream analysis and psychotherapy. In 2021. undergoes another psychoanalytic training in Birmingham, England. He is a member of the Association “Bulgarian Psychoanalytic Space”, “International Society of Applied Psychoanalysis”, “International Alliance of Holistic Therapists” and “National UK Therapists Register”. From 2017 works as a school psychologist, and in his private practice he works in the following areas: psychological counseling, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis. Conducts lectures, seminars, and pieces of training. Author of books and scientific publications such as “Countertransference as a tool for finer and more accurate diagnosis of the mental structure of the patient in analytical, clinical and psychotherapeutic practice”, “Transmission and countertransference in the psychoanalytic, clinical and psychotherapeutic process”, “Protective mechanisms in psychoanalytic, the psychotherapeutic and clinical process ”. His first monograph in Bulgarian was published in 2020. under the name “Classical Psychoanalysis”, which is part of the collection “Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy”.
Thanks to everyone who was interested in this book. I hope each of you has been able to bring out the needed knowledge so that you can help both yourself and the people you love.