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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Alcoholism-Treatment, Drug addiction-Treatment, Alcoholism-Treatment-Religious aspects, Drug addiction-Treatment-Religious aspects, Alcohol abuse and addiction, Personal faith, Medical model of care, Faith based models of care, Toll of alcoholism


This study explored the quality of care for those who suffer from alcohol and drug abuse. A presentation of the current traditional medical model focused on current research on the brain mechanism involved in alcohol addiction, as well as current treatments that are available. It then presented three models based on personal faith, and supplied research on the efficacy of these models. A valid argument was made that the inclusion of a personal faith model in the treatment of those who suffer from alcohol abuse and addiction would provide a more positive outcome and helps provide more stability when an individual returns to their environment. Finally, a model was developed for consideration for further research: the tradition medical model used in conjunction with a melded faith based model for treatment of alcohol abuse and addiction.




v, 90 p. : ill. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2009. Includes bibliographical references (p. 84-90)