Social workers help individuals, families, and communities find ways to recover from substance use. They provide a much-needed ecological perspective to treatment that focuses on the client in relation to family and neighborhood environments, community support systems, cultural attitudes and policies, and cosmic or spiritual convictions rather than the problem itself. Consequently, social workers trained in alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs can be found doing case management, group and individual therapy, family counseling, advocacy for jobs and housing needs, community resources development, education, and policy making.
Social workers trained in alcohol, tobacco, and other drug treatment now practice in methadone maintenance clinics, inpatient and outpatient treatment settings, and in government policy making positions.
Social workers in this practice area find great satisfaction in seeing clients who have been completely hopeless and beaten down by their own or someone else’s substance use recover their purpose, sense of humanity, and the ability to make positive choices for their lives.
• Inpatient and outpatient treatment centers
• Methadone maintenance clinics
• Residential treatment
• Community development settings
• Family services agencies
• Community mental health centers
• Child welfare agencies