Chapter 13 argued that social work would benefit from better knowledge of what works with drug and alcohol problems. It also suggested that the substance misuse field could learn from the theoretical insights and practice approaches typical of social work. These arguments were outlined by illustrating the contribution that key approaches in the substance misuse field (specifically motivational interviewing and social behaviour and network therapy) might make to improving social work practice and the ways in which social work’s critical and sociopsychological approach might strengthen these interventions. It was also suggested that this might be a good fit with a general move towards a focus on ‘recovery’ in substance misuse work. This chapter develops these ideas further by considering some research studies that look at social work contributions to substance use and misuse intervention; in essence, it illustrates the arguments outlined in the theory chapter.
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