The role of social workers in the treatment of addictions:A brief history

Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner

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    This article describes the history of social workers' involvement in the treatment of addictions in the United States. Beginning with Mary Richmond, the “mother of social casework,” social workers have played an increasingly important role in the treatment of individuals with alcohol and other drug problems and of their family members. Today, social workers are important players not only in program development, administration, and treatment of chemical addictions, but also in “process” addictions, such as eating disorders and gambling. Moreover, social workers are increasingly involved in addictions research and policy arenas.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)3-9
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
    Volume1
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

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    addiction
    social worker
    History
    history
    drug problem
    Gambling
    casework
    Program Development
    eating disorder
    gambling
    Therapeutics
    family member
    alcohol
    Alcohols
    Mothers
    Social Workers
    Research
    Pharmaceutical Preparations

    Keywords

    • Addictions treatment
    • History
    • Process addictions
    • Role of social work

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Rehabilitation

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    The role of social workers in the treatment of addictions:A brief history. / Straussner, Shulamith Lala Ashenberg.

    In: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, Vol. 1, No. 1, 01.01.2001, p. 3-9.

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