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.
The proposed project will test a measure of recovery capital with a low-income urban community sample of people in recovery from alcohol and other drugs. Recovery capital is a theoretical construct describing the ways in which different types of human, physical, social, and cultural capital are associated with a person’s likelihood of sustaining recovery from addiction. The Assessment of Recovery Capital (ARC) is a self-report measure that was developed and tested with a primarily middle-class sample in the United Kingdom. This study will test the ARC with an urban U.S. sample of low-income individuals in recovery, in order to compare its properties and factor structure with the original sample.