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Professionalizing the Substance Abuse Treatment Field: An Invitation for Discussion  

Author:  Igor Koutsenok.; Izabel P.V. Caetano.; Julie Ellet.

Source: Volume 06, Number 01, January/February 2006 , pp.01-05(5)

Offender Substance Abuse Report

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Many individuals working in the field of drug abuse and addiction have minimal formal education. This has given way to an increasing need for the reevaluation of professional goals. Ideally, individuals should be educated to provide services that are broad enough in scope to encompass cultural values, economic differences, and variations in personalities and that allow for the holistic treatment of substance abusers. This article presents a review of relevant literature and calls for better training for substance abuse treatment staff.

Keywords: best practices; staff training

Affiliations:  1: University of California, San Diego; 2: University of California, San Diego; 3: University of California, San Diego.

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