Social Work Practice in the Addictions

  • Michael G. Vaughn
  • Brian E. Perron

Part of the Contemporary Social Work Practice book series (Contemp. Social Work Practice)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Overview and Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Matthew O. Howard, Eric L. Garland, Ahmed Whitt
      Pages 3-21
    3. Michael Fendrich
      Pages 23-34
    4. Michael G. Vaughn
      Pages 35-46
  3. Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Brian K. Ahmedani, Brian E. Perron
      Pages 73-86
    3. M. Teresa Granillo, Brian E. Perron, Christopher Jarman, Sarah M. Gutowski
      Pages 101-118
    4. Joseph G. Pickard, Alexandre Laudet, Ivana D. Grahovac
      Pages 119-136
  4. Culture, Diversity and Special Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Felipe González Castro, Natalie J. Gildar
      Pages 139-163
    3. Flavio F. Marsiglia, Jaime Booth
      Pages 165-181
    4. Kimberly Bender, Stephen Tripodi, Jacoba Rock
      Pages 183-198
    5. Bonnie Carlson
      Pages 199-212
    6. Paul Sacco, Alexis Kuerbis
      Pages 213-227
  5. Addiction and Social Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Jennifer Price Wolf, Lorraine T. Midanik
      Pages 231-248
    3. Maayan Lawental Schori, Eli Lawental
      Pages 249-260
    4. Brian E. Perron, Michael G. Vaughn
      Pages 261-264
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 265-270

About this book


At the beginning of history, people abused intoxicating substances and grappled with the consequences as best they could. In more recent times, the healing professions made recognizing, understanding, and treating addictions major priorities. Today, social workers are the largest group providing assessment, prevention, and treatment services for persons with addictions, necessitating rigorous, up-to-date information sources concerning the vulnerable and often stigmatized clients they encounter in daily practice.


Reflecting a strong basis in social justice and ethics, Social Work Practice in the Addictions assembles the current evidence base in one readable, comprehensive volume. It begins by tracing the history of approaches to addiction and its treatment, from early morality-based concepts to today’s multilayered models. From there, contributors present the latest findings on epidemiology and etiology, assessment and treatment options, working meaningfully with diverse populations, and possibilities for future research. Coverage is interdisciplinary, with experts representing psychology, psychiatry, public health, and other related fields as chapters:


  • Review frequently used assessment tools.
  • Decode the language of diagnosis.
  • Detail effective treatment strategies, including motivational interventions, recovery/12-step facilitation, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.
  • Offer a framework for integrating diversity and social justice into addictions practice.
  • Critique current alcohol and drug control policies.
  • Model non-judgmental social work practice.


Social Work Practice in the Addictions is a trustworthy guide for social work professionals, educators, and counselors looking to hone critical competencies, keep abreast of the field, and maintain an open mind.


Addiction and families Addiction and social policy Adolescents and addiction Alcohol policy Alcoholics Anonymous Assessment strategies for substance abuse disorders CBT with addictions Children and addiction Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Comorbidity Culturally competent practices Drug control policies Social justice in social work Social work assessment strategies Social work practice in the addictions Substance abuse Women and addiction

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael G. Vaughn
    • 1
  • Brian E. Perron
    • 2
  1. 1.Saint Louis UniversitySt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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