Essay on Substance Abuse

897 Words Sep 8th, 2006 4 Pages
Substance Abuse Substance Abuse is a problem for social workers around the country no matter where you go. There are a number of different social problems, and social systems that a social worker will have to deal with when working in this field. I will hope to address the problem of substance abuse, and the different techniques used in order to cure a client suffering from substance abuse. Substance abuse social workers assess and treat individuals with substance abuse problems, which include the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. According to Katherine Von Wormer an expert in substance abuse, "social workers treat people with these problems with individual and group therapy, outreach programs, crisis intervention, social …show more content…
"Social workers will understand the value of group and peer support, they will also understand the impact of family on both addiction and recovery" (Johnson, 2003, p. 51). The most important area for a social worker is accepting their own limitations in helping people. Substance abuse has a very long history, because alcohol and tobacco have been around for hundreds of years. People had to have been abusing these products for many years now, but it has not been until recently has this addiction been characterized as substance abuse. One of the first centers for substance abuse was the Harmony Center in Colorado. Since its beginning in1969, the Harmony Foundation has thrived to become one of the country's most respected substance abuse treatment center's. This center sits on a 40-acre campus at the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park. The Harmony Center is a private, non-profit corporation organization specializing in the treatment of chemical dependency. They have a non-hospital detoxification and 28 day intensive residential treatment program. Their treatment begins with a professional assessment of the problems cause by the substance abuse. The treatment then coordinates a treatment plan specific to the needs of that individual. A major focus of the Harmony Center is recovery in group therapy. In a supportive setting the

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