Community Psychologists understand substance abuse broadly as the dependence on a legal (e.g. alcohol, opioids) or illegal drug (e.g. cocaine) which leads to clinically significant impairment. Community Psychologists explore the family, social, cultural, and policy contexts in which substance use occurs and aims to prevent and address substance abuse within that community framework.
Posted in: Housing, Substance UsePublished in: American Journal of Community PsychologyThe social environment may be a more important influence on substance abuse recovery than previously recognized. Recovery can be strongly influenced by others with whom the recovering individual has regular social contact, whether for good or for bad.Read More
Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education, Substance Use, Violence Prevention | Tags: Community Practice BulletinPublished in: Community Practice BulletinWhile guidance from organizations ranging from the American College Health Association to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to the Centers for Disease Control recommends that campuses address alcohol and sexual assault, there is limited concrete guidance as to how campus practitioners should actually do so. To address this critical […]Read More
Posted in: Housing, Mental Health, Substance Use | Tags: ResearchWhen an individual struggling with a substance abuse disorder has been discharged from inpatient treatment, they usually leave with an aftercare plan. Aftercare can include many options such as attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, coming in once a week to see a therapist, or moving into a recovery home.Read More