[Revision] Substance Abuse


Soc Wel 110 Group Presentation

1. Group Project: Students will work in groups of 4-5 students. They and will create a presentation that focuses on aspect of social work (policy, social need, field of practice) that interest them and is approved by the instructors.20% grade Possibilities include (but are not limited to):

• Refugee population
• Unaccompanied Minors (immigration issue)
• Single female head of household
• Community violence
• Victims of Crime including victims of police brutality
• Homelessness
• Reproductive rights
• Transitional Age Foster youth
• Terminally ill individuals and their families
• Hospital Social Work
• Veterans
• Devout faith minorities
• Adult Protective Services
• Workplace Assistance
• Substance Abuse
• Commercially Sexually Exploited Minors or Adults
• Mental illness

Please provide a detailed video clip on the following prompt.
Prepare a PowerPoint presentation no longer than 15 mins describing the social welfare perspective and the social work role. Use Include the following information:

• Ecological snapshot including summary of the micro mezzo and macro perspective
o The populations served
o Bio/psych /social factors
o The ethical concerns
o The systems they most often engage and allied professions
o the setting in which you would find these social workers
• the social work skill and how they might engage in micro mezzo AND macro activities
• a current best or promising social work program or policy
o Types of activities these social workers would do
o Describe any relevant disparities
o Intersection of vulnerable populations and how that further impacts disparities (LGBTQI, specific communities of color)
The presentation should utilize social work concepts discussed in class and in the readings

Please remove irrelevant information and add new information as per the corrections. Please add specific information needed on the following prompt. Please use proper citation with the correct format.

Please make sure to answer each question!


Please write in your own words. Please write a beautiful, perfect, interesting, strong, powerful, detailed, clear, and critical essay! Show me the tentative argument with good faith efforts.
Please refer to and use all the files that I have uploaded. I am repeating myself here again, you must use all the sources that I have provided in order to complete the paper for my satisfaction.

Please add some details and make it more aligned to the question.

Please make sure you connect more the readings. what are the bridges? Almost there.

How Do Social Workers Help With Substance Use Disorder
How do you help an addict? It’s a question that so many families and friends ask when they have a loved one suffering from substance abuse. Most people are simply not experienced enough in drug and alcohol addiction issues to know what to do; they get caught between enabling the addict and trying to practice tough love, which can be an emotional and financial battleground.
Whether a social worker is associated with a school, a hospital, community social services or a rehabilitation center, he or she understands what goes on in a drug addict or alcoholic’s mind and what the steps are to getting that person help in the most compassionate, effective way.
A look at the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s definition of addiction helps in understanding just how complex it actually is:
“Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. …Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response.”
In the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there were an estimated 21.5 million people ages 12 and older in the United States who had some kind of a substance use disorder, which represented 8.1% of the nation’s population. Alcohol abuse accounted for the largest number, at 17 million; 7.1 million had an illicit drug use disorder; and an estimated 1.9 million had a pain-reliever addiction.
“Social workers play a key role in working with those affected by drug and alcohol addiction – from client treatment and recovery to working with the family of the addicted person,” said Tim Tunner, PhD, MSW, senior policy associate for behavioral health at the National Association of Social Workers. “Social workers are the largest providers of mental health services, so it is natural that they would be directly involved in treatment and recovery of addictions.”
Addiction to alcohol and drugs can negatively affect every part of an individual’s personality and actions. It often takes a professional with sophisticated training to help unravel the multiple aspects.
In pursuing a Master in Social Work (MSW) degree, social workers learn to recognize substance use disorders with a range of substances from alcohol to opiates prescribed for pain and illicit drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine.
How Social Workers Help Families of Addicts
Alcohol or drug addiction affects all aspects of a person’s life and can lead to job loss, financial difficulty, homelessness, domestic abuse and the breakdown of marriages and other family relationships –affecting everyone in the family.
“Family counseling is an important part of any substance abuse treatment program,” writes Claire Caines, MSW, LCSW, CADC, for the Social Workers Help Starts Here organization. “It provides education and support to help family members understand the cycle of addiction and avoid participating in it. Social workers recommend that loved ones detach emotionally because the addict needs to own the problem and take responsibility for their recovery.”
Social workers are trained to evaluate and work with clients and families experiencing the effects of Substance use Disorder, providing clinical services, referral to appropriate programs and resources in order to support the recovery of the client and the family.
“As a social worker, it’s important to be aware of the potential for substance abuse in any client who seeks help,” writes Ashley Miller on the Houston Chronicle’s website. “For example, a client may seek help for depression but conceal an underlying alcohol or substance abuse addiction. Your role is to tease out these possible underlying issues and help the client obtain proper assistance in whatever way necessary.”

Substance abuse is a growing problem around the world. In 2010, an estimated 22.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were abusing illicit drugs, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Substance abuse can be one of the most difficult problems to detect, as clients are often ashamed or secretive about their drug use. As a social worker, it’s important to be aware of the potential for substance abuse in any client who seeks help. For example, a client may seek help for depression but conceal an underlying alcohol or substance abuse addiction. Your role is to tease out these possible underlying issues and help the client obtain proper assistance in whatever way necessary.

Identification and Assessment
Social workers are trained to identify and assess the needs of their clients beyond the scope of their initial presenting problem. One of the initial tasks of a social worker in a school, hospital, mental health clinic or private practice is to perform a comprehensive assessment on a client, taking into account potential substance and alcohol abuse issues, even if the client does not self-report the problem. As a social worker, you assess substance abuse problems in both voluntary — or self-referred — and involuntary — or mandated — clients. According to the National Association of Social Workers, you will work with your clients to “complete a comprehensive assessment toward the development of a service plan for recommended placement into an appropriate treatment program.” You may not be required to provide direct care, but you are required to recognize the warning signs and suggest a course of treatment to your client during or directly after your assessment.

Direct Treatment
Social workers act as substance abuse counselors in a variety of settings, including hospitals, drug treatment facilities and mental health clinics. Although all graduate social work programs include substance abuse education, many social workers decide to continue their studies to obtain a certification in alcohol and substance abuse counseling, especially if they wish to work specifically in this field. You will then not only provide identification and assessment services, you will also work directly with clients suffering from substance abuse disorders, such as providing individual and group counseling, collecting urine samples if you work in a substance abuse facility or linking your client with other services, such as food and housing.

Social workers may act as substance abuse educators in a variety of settings, such as schools, community outreach centers and shelters. For example, you may be expected to give presentations on substance abuse prevention at a school if you work in a community organization that provides this service. Or, you may have a job where you have to reach out to at-risk individuals on the street, in community organizations or at recreation centers. You may help them connect with treatment centers or assist them with obtaining basic needs like food and shelter.

Social workers also often participate in academic research on the university level. So, you may decide to participate in substance abuse prevention research, such as helping with the development of empirically-validated intervention and treatment strategies. According to the Social Work Policy Institute, social work researchers have conducted substance abuse research in recent years with support from a variety of governmental agencies, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute of Mental Health.