What is it?
Roles of Social Worker

What is Substance Abuse?

Substance abuse is a pattern of continued and uncontrolled drug use despite significant consequences such as health issues, loss of employment, loss of relationships, loss of housing, inability to show up for responsibilities, etc.


What is the goal for Detoxification?

To withdraw people safely from alcohol or drugs


What are two roles that social workers have regarding substance abuse?

They provide case management, individual therapy, access to harm reduction services, pathways to treatment, and many other services to the individual. They also inform policy on a macro level to improve the causes of and conditions of substance abuse.


What is the difference between Substance Use and Substance Abuse?

Substance use describes the casual use of mind-altering substances, and is not a problem on its own as it does not necessarily lead to abuse or dependency in some people. Whereas substance abuse is a chronic condition when someone continues to use drugs or alcohol despite serious consequences.


What are the settings for Inpatient Rehabilitation?

Hospitals, RR (Residential Rehabilitation) Facility, Therapeutic Community


Name the three factors that relate to factors relating to the Substance Abuse Assessment. (what does the social worker look for).

Loss of control, tolerance and Impairment in functioning


What are the causes of substance abuse?

Both Genetics and Environment


What is the Treatment Approach for Outpatient Rehabilitation?

Intensive treatment that lasts 4-8 weeks. Group Treatment with individual counseling or group meetings lasts 3-24 months. Methadone Maintenance Programs are sometimes offered and are used as a long-acting synthetic narcotic for the drug of abuse.


 Name three skills needed for social workers?

A substance use social worker must understand human behavior, personality, interests and hobbies, research methods, individual differences in ability, and learning and motivation. Additionally, they must be emotionally mature, objective, sensitive to other people, independent, and responsible.


What is Codependency?

Codependency describes an imbalanced, unhealthy relationship between an individual (in this case the user) and someone who enables their destructive behavior


Name at least 3 Treatments for Substance Abuse

Detoxification, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Residential Program, Outpatient Rehabilitation, Screen and Treatment, Recovery Coach


What are the 4 dimensions of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)?

Health: Overcoming or managing disease and living in a physically and emotionally healthy way. 

Home: a stable and safe place to live. 

Purpose: meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism and family. 

Community: relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love and hope.