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Social Work with Addictions

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Drug addiction is a central component of some of the world's most intractable social problems. As professionals devoted to ameliorating these problems, social workers are in the front line of drug prevention efforts. Yet, social work education rarely equips practitioners to deal with the realities of addictive behavior.

Social Work with Addictions seeks to redress this problem by providing a clear account of addictions theory and a description of proven strategies for practice. ...

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Overview

Drug addiction is a central component of some of the world's most intractable social problems. As professionals devoted to ameliorating these problems, social workers are in the front line of drug prevention efforts. Yet, social work education rarely equips practitioners to deal with the realities of addictive behavior.

Social Work with Addictions seeks to redress this problem by providing a clear account of addictions theory and a description of proven strategies for practice. Working from a social-ecological perspective, James G. Barber locates addictive behavior within a set of interacting systems that include, but also transcend, the individual with the problem. The methods described are particularly suited to social workers who confront drug addiction in the course of other, often more pressing, social problems such as domestic violence or homelessness.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333985946
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/4/2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

James G. Barber is currently Professor and Head of the School of Social Administration and Social Work at Flinders University in Australia. He is the author of Beyond Casework and numerous articles.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
1 Drugs and Drug Addiction 1
What is a drug? 2
What is addiction? 13
2 A Social Work Practice Model 26
The stages of change 27
The social work perspective 40
A social work approach to addictions 44
3 Precontemplation 50
On victims, persecutors and rescuers 52
Feedback and advice 54
Environmental contingencies 60
Partner interventions 63
4 From Contemplation to Determination 71
Helping the contemplator decide 72
Promoting motivation for change 80
5 Action Strategies 92
Fundamental principles in the behavioural treatment of addictions 92
A ten-step intervention plan for the modification of drinking and drug-taking behaviour 96
A programmed instruction manual for clients 99
Brief intervention methods 115
Gender- and ethnosensitive treatment 117
6 Maintenance 121
Level I: Psychological interventions 122
Level II: Interventions at the level of family, work and social support networks 132
Level III: Interventions at the level of social policy and the culture 141
7 Evaluation 164
The principles of programme evaluation 154
Political issues in programme evaluation 160
References 164
Index 189
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