Reflecting the latest content in the DSM–5, The Spectrum of Addiction presents a comprehensive overview of addictive behaviors and habits from early use through risky use, severe-risk use, and addiction. Authors Laura Veach and Regina Moro draw from their experience in both teaching and counseling to provide real-world knowledge and evidence-based practices for working with clients who fall within the spectrum of addiction ranging from experimentation to physical addiction and recovery. With a unique focus on neuroscience, integration of CACREP standards, and extensive coverage of addictions across the lifespan, the book serves as a practical resource for future addiction counselors. The Spectrum of Addiction is part of SAGE’s Counseling and Professional Identity Series. To learn more about each text in the series, please visit

Societal Systems Impacted by the Addiction Spectrum: Legal, Workplace, and Medical Settings

Societal Systems Impacted by the Addiction Spectrum: Legal, Workplace, and Medical Settings

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of reading this chapter and participating in the guided exercises, the learner will be able to

  • articulate the impact substance and behavioral use disorders have on systems in our society;
  • identify evidence-based programs to implement within the three distinct settings discussed; and
  • consider systemic variables when working with clients in either legal, medical, or employer settings.

This chapter focuses on three systems in our society that are greatly affected by the addiction spectrum. It may be no surprise to some of you that the legal and medical settings are included in this chapter, given the news stories we are exposed to ...

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