Social Work Approaches for Substance-Use Treatment

By Maria Cisaltina da Silveira Nunes Dinis.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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The purpose of this study is to review social work alcohol and drug treatment approaches used to treat substance-using clients. A content analysis of seventy-two articles were coded for social work alcohol and drug treatment approaches, which were published from 1887–2011. Findings indicated that the social work profession utilizes eclectic treatment approaches not generally published in the mainstream alcohol and drug journals. A gap was found between the types of approaches social work professionals use to provide treatment and those of traditional alcohol/drug researchers and practitioners. Instead of conventional alcohol/drug service profiles, social work interventions were primarily used to treat substance-using clients, such as ecological/systems approaches and strengths-based perspectives. The implications of these findings for the alcohol/drug field and the social work profession suggested that social work treatment approaches may play a major role in treatment. The author concluded with suggestions for bridging alcohol/drug research and treatment methods between the professions of social work and alcohol/drug field.

Keywords: Social Work Approaches, Substance Abuse Treatment, Alcohol/Drug Treatment, Addiction

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.23-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 259.798KB).

Dr. Maria Cisaltina da Silveira Nunes Dinis

Professor, Division of Social Work, California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, California, USA

Maria Cesaltina Dinis, PhD, MSW, is a professor for the Division of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). Dr. Dinis is the Admissions Director for the Master of Social Work program at CSUS. Dr. Dinis is the Chair of the CSUS, Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) and a member of the California Health and Human Services Agency, CPHS committee. She has published in the areas of alcohol and drug treatment, policy, and prevention. Her interests are in multicultural issues in regards to alcohol and drugs, women, and global social work. Dr. Dinis received her PhD from the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley.