Substance Abuse/Addictions

Substance abuse and addiction are prominent in many realms of social service, often coexisting with, for example, violence, poverty and mental health issues. The co-occurrence of these issues means social workers focusing in these areas are mindful of a client’s relationship to family, community and culture and often work alongside other professionals like physicians and drug counselors to determine what works best for each client. Individuals who successfully address substance abuse and addictions regain a sense of themselves and humanity, allowing them to make positive changes and choices for themselves and those they love – social workers focusing in this area have the privilege of helping them to achieve this positive change.

Current Projects

This study will collect self-report, biological, and official record data on the drinking and the driving of 300 first DWI offenders sentenced to 6 months on the interlock.