How can social workers help those struggling with drug and alcohol misuse?


How can social workers help those struggling with drug and alcohol misuse?

Drug and alcohol dependency can cast a shadow over an individual’s life, affecting their health, relationships, and overall well-being. These issues require compassionate and strategic intervention from social workers to help individuals navigate towards recovery and stability.

Understanding the Challenge

The reasons behind drug and alcohol dependency are multifaceted. Individuals may turn to substances as a coping mechanism for past traumas, mental health struggles, or simply as a means to escape from reality temporarily. The prevalence of substance abuse is staggering, with countless lives impacted by it.

The challenge of substance misuse, particularly among teenagers and young adults, is a growing concern in Luton. Recent figures from Public Health England reveal a troubling trend, with a significant rise in hospital admissions due to drug abuse among the town’s youth.

Between 2018 and 2020, 95 individuals aged 15-24 from Luton were admitted to hospitals due to substance misuse, marking the highest number of admissions on record.

Assessment and Empathy

Social workers approach each case with a commitment to understanding the individual’s unique circumstances. Through comprehensive assessments, they delve into the person’s history, exploring the root causes of their dependency. Building trust and rapport is essential, as individuals grappling with addiction often face profound feelings of shame and isolation.

Collaborative Goal Setting

Similar to addressing hoarding tendencies as seen here (link to previous blog), social workers collaborate with clients to establish realistic and achievable goals. These objectives may include steps towards sobriety, harm reduction strategies, or accessing crucial support services. Breaking down these goals into manageable tasks empowers individuals to make tangible progress on their journey towards recovery.

Intervention and Support

In cases of great concern, such as severe substance dependency or associated health risks, social workers advocate for immediate intervention. This might involve facilitating access to detox programs, rehabilitation facilities, or mental health services. Addressing the underlying issues driving the addiction is key to fostering lasting change.

Harnessing Support Networks

Individuals struggling with drug and alcohol issues benefit from a strong support network. Family members, friends, and community resources provide invaluable emotional support and practical assistance. Social workers play a pivotal role in connecting individuals with these vital resources, boosting their chances of successful recovery.

Pertemps Social Care: A Partner in Recovery

At Pertemps Social Care, we recognise the critical importance of supporting individuals on their journey towards recovery. With positions in local authorities across the UK, including Luton, we are committed to connecting qualified social workers with opportunities to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those facing drug and alcohol dependency.

And we're here to help.

Reach out to us today to explore the qualified social worker roles we have available and take the next step towards making a positive impact in your community.