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ALCOHOL AND SOCIAL WORKERS1Research PaperSocial Workers and AlcoholBEHS 364 6381 Alcohol in the U.S SocietyProfessor John GallagherNosta TanyidahSeptember 27, 2019
ALCOHOL AND SOCIAL WORKERS2Research Paper – Alcohol and Social WorkersAlcohol use and abuse remain a significant and behavioral health concern inthe UnitedStates of America amongst social workers. Almost half of the twenty and a thirdmillion adults with alcohol use disorders in the United States of America have a re-occurringmental illness and a disease. There is expanding research to support, integrated treatment byproviders with knowledge in both mental health and substance use critically lacks to an extent.Being a component of co-occurring disorders (COD) education initiative in the United States,studies have investigated how past providers’ previous training, current COD service provisions,and upcoming training needs to advert the side effects. In the course of the studies, it wasinvestigated explicitly the scope to which social workers were prepared to treat individuals withCOD compared to alcohol and drug psychotherapists. Social workers recounted gettingconsiderably more mental health-related training, while alcohol and drug psychotherapistsreported more substance use related practices to their superiors (Fisher & McCleary & Dimock& Rohovit, 2014).Most social workers coupled with their dependency on alcohol were substantially more pronethan alcohol and drug counselors to report choosing more teaching in substance use disordersand culturally certain practices of treatments and in so doing could be led to even greater abuseof alcohol. Alcohol use and mental health conditions have in the past been significant behavioralhealth concerns with social workers in the United States of America. Nearly half (45.1%) of the20.3 million adults with a substance use disorder during the past year also reported a co-occurring illness due to overuse and abuse.Successful therapy and cure for co-occurringdisorders can be challenging for social workers and alcohol and drug psychotherapists. In theUSA, social workers serve as leading providers of mental health services for individuals with
ALCOHOL AND SOCIAL WORKERS3COD in a wide range of settings, including screening, case management, treatment teamsupervisors, and agency supervisors. In the discussion of curing clients directly or providing casemanagement and referral for additional support services, social workers represent a criticalelement in the various systems where this population seeks services.Given that trustworthiness of treatment, delivery is serious in achieving encouraging outcomesfor patients with co-occurring disorders, a workforce that is capable of providing high-fidelityintegrated treatment must have sufficient knowledge and training in both mental health andsubstance use, and the confluence of both. Since social workers and alcohol and drug counselorsprovide the majority of services for individuals with mental and substance use abuse, our study