Substance Abuse

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Substance Abuse Substance Abuse is a problem for social workers around the country no matter where you go. There are a number of different social problems, and social systems that a social worker will have to deal with when working in this field. I will hope to address the problem of substance abuse, and the different techniques used in order to cure a client suffering from substance abuse. Substance abuse social workers assess and treat individuals with substance abuse problems, which include the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. According to Katherine Von Wormer an expert in substance abuse, "social workers treat people with these problems with individual and group therapy, outreach programs, crisis intervention, social…show more content…
There are a number of social work agencies right here in the city that also have great substance abuse programs. For example there is an agency called Drug Detox Now which is located at 404 West 54th Street. This place is run by Dr. Jordan Scher who has been dealing with substance abuse issues for about 30 years. Scher previously opened a drug detox center in Israel that was well renowned. In 1996 he decided to move to the United States and open Drug Detox Now, where he would use many of his treatments from Israel. Another rehab center in the city is the Phoenix House which is located at 164 West 74th. Street. Since 1977 the Phoenix House has been helping people of all ages fulfill a substance free life. The Phoenix House operates more than 30 residential and outpatient programs for adults and adolescents in New York City, and they treating about 2,500 individuals every day. Another substance abuse agency in the city is called INTER-CARE. They are located at 51 East 25th Street. Inter-Care began in 1988 as a two-person clinical practice and is now a multi-disciplinary facility with a staff of twenty full-time employees. As we can see substance abuse is a very demanding field, but it is also a field where you can help a number of people. There are a number of different aspects of social work you must master before you attempt to treat a patient of substance abuse. Substance abuse can be a rewarding field where you can make a drastic change
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