In almost all fields of social work practice, issues concerning the abuse or problematic usage of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) arise. Whilst social workers might work in specialist services or agencies specifically addressing the needs of people with problematic AOD use, in other settings such as health, mental health, prisons, child protection, family work, work with young people, aged care, the behavioural and practical difficulties that frequently arise in relation to the problematic use of AOD may require consideration as they impact on the service user and/or their family and social relationships. The frequency with which complications relating to the problematic use of AOD are encountered within social work agencies reflects the ubiquity of their influence in the wider community.
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