Addiction: Alternatives to Abstinence
This course will give social workers an overview of this complex genetic, and biological, psychological and sociological phenomenon, as well as the conflicting views on treatment approaches. The course provides social workers with an outline of the three basic treatment models for addictive behaviors, along with a brief history of each one; the moral
model, the medical model, and the harm-reduction model. The course will help social workers identify patient characteristics and behaviors which can assist them in making a decision as to the most appropriate type of treatment for their client. Social workers will also be given information about the newest research in harm reduction, along with other treatment modalities, including those specifically designed for alcohol abuse.