Substance Abuse Intervention, Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Systems Change
Helping Individuals, Families, and Groups to Empower Themselves
AUTHOR: Freeman, Edith M.
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press
Also available at Amazon.com
This book is the first to utilize the empowerment approach of social work practice with substance-abusing clients, bridging clinical, community, and social policy approaches in order to place individual addiction in its sociopolitical context. As Lorraine Guti#65533;rrez points out in her foreword, the book "challenges us to transform our thinking about substance abuse and move beyond our existing focus on individual deficits." Arguing that pathology-focused definitions of substance abuse tend to transform people into their problems, Freeman instead advocates for strengths-centered policies and regulations as the means to empower clients, communities, and society as a whole.
Freeman outlines basic empowerment principles and practices, then details the service delivery processes; offers a context for power, policy, and funding decisions; and examines the needs of special populations. Case examples supplement each chapter, and the final part examines four exemplary programs that demonstrate the empowerment process in action.
PUBLICATION DATE: 9/26/2001