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Social Psychology and Interaction

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Incorporating Clients' Underlying Religious And Spiritual Beliefs In Therapy May Improve Substance Abuse Treatment Practices, Especially For Persons Of Color, Marguerite E. Hendrickson May 2013

Incorporating Clients' Underlying Religious And Spiritual Beliefs In Therapy May Improve Substance Abuse Treatment Practices, Especially For Persons Of Color, Marguerite E. Hendrickson

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

ABSTRACT

INCORPORATING CLIENTS' UNDERLYING RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL BELIEFS IN THERAPY MAY IMPROVE SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT PRACTICES, ESPECIALLY FOR PERSONS OF COLOR

Author: Marguerite E. Hendrickson

Dissertation Chair: Ram Cnaan, Ph.D.

Although pharmacological breakthroughs have improved treatment outcomes for

alcohol and opioid dependence through decreased cravings and blocked reward

effects, there are no FDA approved medications for the treatment of cocaine

dependence. In addition, many routinely practiced psychotherapy models for

addiction remain limited in their effects. As composite case studies will reveal,

cravings and urges to use cocaine prevent clients from obtaining and sustaining

abstinence. Multiple case studies will examine ...