This timely text draws on interdisciplinary theory and research to examine the multidimensional risk and protective factors for eight challenges of living frequently encountered by social workers. The authors provide a working model for social workers to integrate the most up-to-date evidence about challenges of living they face in their daily practice. Using a multidimensional biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective, the book examines etiology, course, and intervention strategies related to these eight challenges of living.
Chapter 7: Substance Abuse
As you think back to Junito Salvatierra, you will recall an emerging theme of intergenerational substance abuse in the family, with its attendant emotional and interpersonal consequences. You might be concerned about Junito's use, wondering what factors have contributed to these behaviors, as well as wanting to identify where the most effective areas of intervention might be to change this early pattern you see developing. You might also be wondering about how Junito's sisters, Sergia and Isabel, will be affected and what their decisions around substance use will be as they get older.
According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), substance abuse is the nation's number one health problem (Ericson, 2001). The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental ...