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From the Individual to the Community: Perspectives About Substance Abuse Services

NCJ Number
241996
Journal
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions Volume: 12 Issue: 4 Dated: October - December 2012 Pages: 412-433
Author(s)
Liliane Cambraia Windsor, Ph.D., M.S.W.; Vithya Murugan, M.S.W.
Date Published
December 2012
Length
22 pages
Annotation
This article describes a collaborative approach to engage the African-American community in addressing substance abuse.
Abstract
This article argues that substance abuse interventions in distressed African-American communities must be culturally tailored and must incorporate a framework targeting changes in both individual behavior and the community. This study employed concept mapping in conjunction with community-based participatory research 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. The article describes a collaborative approach to engage the community in addressing substance abuse. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.