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NCJ Number: 202143 Find in a Library
Title: Addiction Problems, Addiction Services, and Social Work in the Republic of Ireland (From International Aspects of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, P 31-48, 2002, Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner, and Larry Harrison, eds., -- See NCJ-202141)
Author(s): Shane Butler
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Haworth Social Work Practice Press
Binghamton, NY 13904-1580
Sale Source: Haworth Social Work Practice Press
10 Alice Street
Binghamton, NY 13904-1580
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines policy and service responses to substance abuse problems in Ireland, with a focus on the role of professional social work in the management of addiction.
Abstract: Alcohol and drug problems in Ireland are reviewed, followed by an analysis of substance abuse treatment policies in Ireland. Health-care policy makers in Ireland have become disillusioned with the disease model of substance abuse, adopted from the United States, and have argued that it should be replaced by a range of public health strategies, which is the prevailing model in Europe. However, despite this viewpoint, there has been little or no implementation of public health strategies to the treatment of substance abuse. Complicating matters is the fact that there is a high prevalence of alcohol and drug problems in the caseloads of social workers in Ireland. This is problematic because the profession of social work is relatively new in this country and there are few social workers employed in specialist addiction posts. Moreover, the profession has not lobbied for a greater role in specialist services. As such, despite the prevalence of substance abuse clients in social workers caseloads, there is little debate about how addiction issues should be addressed in social work education. The author maintains that it is difficult to predict how such a dilemma will evolve in the coming years but that professionalism and experience would seem to dictate that education in addiction for social workers will grow as the profession matures. The adoption of explicitly Irish models of addiction should also come forth to reflect the unique character of the culture. References
Main Term(s): Drug treatment; Treatment effectiveness
Index Term(s): Drug abuse education; Ireland; Policy analysis; Social workers
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