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Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions

Melanie D Otis, Carrie B Oser, Michele Staton-Tindall
This exploratory study examines the relationship between sexual identity and violent victimization experiences as predictors of differences in illicit substance and alcohol use and substance use problems among a sample of incarcerated women in rural Appalachia (N = 400). Results indicated that, compared to heterosexual women, sexual minority women were more likely to have a lifetime history of weapon, physical, and sexual assault, and were younger at the time of their first violent victimization. Sexual minority women were younger than heterosexual women at the age of onset for intravenous drug use and at the time they first got drunk, and were more likely to report having overdosed...
2016: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
John M Majer, Sarah Callahan, Kate Stevick, Leonard A Jason
Social influences (social support for alcohol/drug use and social support for abstinence) were examined in relation to abstinence self-efficacy among a sample of 250 justice involved persons exiting inpatient treatment for substance use disorders. Hierarchical linear regression was used to examine social influences in relation to abstinence self-efficacy. Social influences were significantly related to abstinence self-efficacy when examined independently. However, only social support for alcohol/drug use was significant when both social influences were entered into the model...
2016: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
June Y Lim, Camillia K Lui
Substance use and violence are interrelated behaviors during adolescence and early adulthood. Using National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health data, this study examined the longitudinal relationships between (a) alcohol and violence perpetration, (b) marijuana and perpetration, (c) alcohol and victimization, and (d) marijuana and victimization. Cross-lagged structural equation models showed that longitudinal patterns of violence and substance use vary somewhat and that the ways preceding stages of violence and substance use are associated with subsequent violence, and substance use differ by violence, substance type, and transitional stage...
2016: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Natalie Hemsing, Lorraine Greaves, Nancy Poole
Despite high rates of smoking among some subgroups of women, there is a lack of tailored interventions to address smoking cessation among women. We identify components of a women-centered approach to tobacco cessation by analyzing 3 bodies of literature: sex and gender influences in tobacco use and addiction; evidence-based tobacco cessation guidelines; and best practices in delivery of women-centered care. Programming for underserved women should be tailored, build confidence and increase motivation, integrate social justice issues and address inequities, and be holistic and comprehensive...
July 3, 2015: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Liliane Windsor, Rogério M Pinto, Ellen Benoit, Lauren Jessell, Alexis Jemal
Communities with histories of oppression have shown great resilience. Yet few health interventions focus on structural oppression as a contributor to health problems in these communities. This paper describes the development and active ingredients of Community Wise, a unique behavioral-health intervention designed to reduce substance use frequency, related health risk behaviors, and recidivism among individuals with a history of incarceration and substance abuse residing in distressed and predominantly African American communities...
October 2014: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Dara Seybold, Byron Calhoun, Denise Burgess, Tammi Lewis, Kelly Gilbert, Angie Casto
The objective of this article is not to present a scientific or systematic study, but to provide an initial framework for designing a training workshop to enhance health practitioners' (nurses, social workers, physicians, etc.) knowledge regarding substance abuse treatment and to decrease their bias toward substance-abusing women, particularly pregnant women in rural communities. We incorporated the 4 Transdisciplinary Foundations from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Competencies Model, with specific competencies targeted that related to provider bias...
July 3, 2014: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Winfred Naamara, Wilson Winstons Muhwezi
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July 3, 2014: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Laurie Drabble, Sue Thomas, Lisa O'Connor, Sarah Cm Roberts
This article describes U.S. state policies related to alcohol use during pregnancy, using data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS). Specifically, this study examines trends in policies enacted by states over time and types of policies enacted across states in the U.S., with a focus on whether laws were supportive or punitive toward women. Findings revealed substantial variability in characteristics of policies (19 primarily supportive, 12 primarily punitive, 12 with a mixed approach, and 8 with no policies)...
January 1, 2014: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
David Patterson Silver Wolf Adelv Unegv Waya, Eugene Maguin, Alex Ramsey, Erin Stringfellow
Mental health workers with favorable attitudes toward empirically supported treatments (ESTs) are more likely to break through implementation barriers. The Evidence-Based Practice Attitudes Scale has been shown to be reliable for mental health workers, but has not been validated with addiction workers. This study investigates the use of the scale with a convenience sample of addiction workers from four agencies in one city. Results show that compared to mental health providers, addiction workers were more likely to view ESTs favorably if they were mandated and intuitively appealing...
January 1, 2014: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Alexandre Laudet, Kitty Harris, Thomas Kimball, Ken C Winters, D Paul Moberg
As the broad construct of recovery increasingly guides addiction services and policy, federal agencies have called for the expansion of peer-driven recovery support services. The high prevalence of substance use and abuse in colleges and universities in the U.S. constitute a significant obstacle to pursuing an education for the unknown number of youths who have attained remission from substance use dependence. Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRPs) are an innovative and growing model of peer-driven recovery support delivered on college campuses...
January 2014: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
David Cordova, Ruben Parra-Cardona, Adrian Blow, Deborah Johnson, Guillermo Prado, Hiram E Fitzgerald
Persons with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by alcohol and drug use. Social work best practice approaches require an understanding of the effects of intrapersonal factors on alcohol and drug use, yet the theoretical and empirical literature remain underdeveloped, especially among ethnic minority populations. We sought to obtain a detailed description of the role of intrapersonal factors, including perceptions and life experiences, on alcohol and drug use among Latinos with physical disabilities...
July 1, 2013: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Ronald G Thompson, Dana Alonzo, Deborah S Hasin
This study examined the influences of parental divorce and maternal-paternal histories of alcohol problems on adult offspring lifetime alcohol dependence using data from the 2001-2002 National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). Parental divorce and maternal-paternal alcohol problems interacted to differentially influence the likelihood of offspring lifetime alcohol dependence. Experiencing parental divorce and either maternal or paternal alcohol problems doubled the likelihood of alcohol dependence...
2013: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Laura Elwyn, Carolyn Smith
Child maltreatment is a risk factor for substance abuse in adulthood. This study examines whether memory of maltreatment is a necessary link in the path leading from prospectively measured childhood maltreatment to adult substance use problems. Official Child Protective Services reports and adult retrospective recall of childhood maltreatment were used to predict illegal drug use and alcohol problems in adulthood controlling for covariates. Memory was a necessary link in the path between prospective reports of maltreatment and alcohol problems, and an important link in the path between prospective reports and illegal drug use...
2013: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Kristen D Seay, Patricia Kohl
Using data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being II (NSCAW II), this article examines the impact of caregiver substance abuse on children's exposure to violence in the home in a nationally representative sample of families involved with child protective services (CPS). Logistic regression analyses indicate an increased risk of witnessing mild and severe violence in the home for children whose primary caregiver was abusing alcohol or drugs. However, analyses did not find statistically significant relationships between child report of direct victimization in the home by mild or severe violence and caregiver alcohol or drug abuse...
January 1, 2013: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Eric L Garland, Noah M Schwarz, Amber Kelly, Ahmed Whitt, Matthew O Howard
Mindfulness-based interventions may decrease addictive behaviors while promoting non-reactivity to stressors. This study employed qualitative methods to enhance understanding of mindfulness-related treatment effects. Study participants were eighteen alcohol dependent adults residing in a therapeutic community who had participated in a Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) intervention. Interviews were conducted to elicit participant narratives. Responses to open-ended questions were analyzed using a grounded theory approach and the method of constant comparison...
July 1, 2012: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Alexandra Lutnick, Jennifer Lorvick, Helen Cheng, Lynn Wenger, Alex H Kral
Religiosity is not found to be consistently protective in mental health and substance use outcomes among illicit drug users. This study examines the association between religiosity, mental health and drug use among a community-recruited sample of women who use methamphetamine. The majority of the sample (74%) had high scores of religious faith. In multivariate analysis, those with high scores had higher odds of self-reporting a mental health diagnosis and of being psychologically dependent upon methamphetamine, and were less likely to report injection risk...
April 1, 2012: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Alison B Hamilton, Ines Poza, Vivian Hines, Donna L Washington
Veterans comprise a disproportionate fraction of the nation's homeless population, with women veterans up to four times more likely to be homeless than non-veteran women. This paper provides a grounded description of barriers to psychosocial services among homeless women veterans. Three focus groups were held in Los Angeles, CA, with a total of 29 homeless women veterans. These women described three primary, proximal (current) barriers: lack of information about services, limited access to services, and lack of coordination across services...
January 1, 2012: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Deborah A Levesque, Janet L Johnson, Carol A Welch, Janice M Prochaska, Anne C Fernandez
Studies assessing the efficacy of juvenile justice interventions show small effects on recidivism and other outcomes. This paper describes the development of a prototype of a multimedia computer-tailored intervention ("Rise Above Your Situation"or RAYS) that relies on an evidence-based model of behavior change, the Transtheoretical Model, and expert system technology to deliver assessments, feedback, printed reports, and counselor reports with intervention ideas. In a feasibility test involving 60 system-involved youths and their counselors, evaluations of the program were favorable: 91...
January 1, 2012: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Liliane Cambraia Windsor, Vithya Murugan
This paper argues that substance abuse interventions in distressed African-American communities must be culturally-tailored and incorporate a framework targeting changes in both individual behavior and the community. The current study employed Concept Mapping in conjunction with Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) principles to involve 100 community members, substance users, and service providers to examine the role of alcohol and other drugs in distressed African-American communities. Findings reveal the way participants understand the role of drugs and alcohol in their community and their perceptions of substance abuse services...
January 1, 2012: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Marina Tolou-Shams, Christopher D Houck, Nicole Nugent, Selby M Conrad, Ayanaris Reyes, Larry K Brown
Juvenile drug courts (JDC) largely focus on marijuana and other drug use interventions. Yet, JDC offenders engage in other high-risk behaviors, such as alcohol use and sexual risk behaviors, which can compromise their health, safety and drug court success. An examination of alcohol use and sexual risk behaviors among 52 male substance abusing young offenders found that over 50% were using alcohol, 37% reported current marijuana use and one-third of all sexual intercourse episodes were unprotected. After accounting for recent marijuana use, the odds of a juvenile having vaginal or anal sex was 6 times greater if they had recently used alcohol...
2012: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
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