The film Beautiful Boy provides a real and raw portrayal of a father and son’s descent into the ravages of the son's addiction to drugs. It also provides important avenues for social workers to discuss addiction issues. Read more

Reviews & Commentary

Lady Gaga's star ascends in A Star Is Born, and her journey has only begun. SaraKay Smullens looks at the person and the film with a social worker's eye. Read more

Reviews & Commentary

Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRPs) provide a supportive environment within the college campus culture for students in recovery. The person-in-environment approach is one that is in sync with social work. Read more


Book review of Sometimes Amazing Thing Happen: Heartbreak and Hope on the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward Read more

Reviews & Commentary

"Addiction," by April Gardner, is the 3rd place practitioner winner in The New Social Worker's 2018 Reverse Poetry Contest. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2018

A daily meal plan filled with addictive foods could exacerbate one’s recovery from alcohol and drug addictions. Often, the consequences of addiction are enough of a motivating factor to make a small change that can lead to future improvement. Read more


Rising rates of prescription drug abuse are leading to a neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) epidemic. Legislators in some states have focused efforts on criminalization rather than treatment. Read more


This art piece was inspired by the information from a 2016 summer graduate school class at California State University East Bay. The class was Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse, and it presented the harm reduction approach. Read more

Creative Work

Addiction work is truly trauma work. Trauma work requires deep attunement; recognition of developmental capacity and limitations; and steady, vigorous attention to the relationship. Read more

Real World Clinical 5 Comments

People take prescription drugs for a wide range of reasons. Some take more of a drug than originally prescribed, desiring a more potent impact. Others take medicines, originally prescribed to family or friends, because their symptoms are untreated. Read more



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