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E-Newsletter    May 2024
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Editor's E-Note

The ASAM Criteria® supports the critical role of social workers in addiction treatment. R. Corey Waller, the editor in chief of the Fourth Edition, discusses the part social workers play in the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders and the importance of the Criteria in improving outcomes by establishing a continuum of care that reflects the modern understanding of addiction as a chronic disease.

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Social Workers Are Essential in Treating Addiction — New Standards Are Available to Help

R. Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM

The phrase “It’s time to call in the cavalry” often means a need for backup or specialized, targeted assistance during a crisis. In a tough situation, the cavalry is deployed to give the final push needed for a chance at victory. In our national battle against addiction, I see social workers as part of the cavalry.

Collectively, you are a nimble, responsive group of special forces that can quickly assess a situation and implement the proper solutions. Whatever your focus is as a social worker, you are critical to the battle against addiction.

Comprehensive addiction treatment requires a combination of medical treatment, psychotherapy, psychoeducation, and addiction treatment supports to occur. A physician typically oversees only one of these responses, whereas a social worker manages three. Social workers are critical not only to the system at large but also to each individual patient, as they are essential in facilitating treatment retention.

During the last decade, there’s been a significant increase in awareness of the devastation that addiction brings to any community, especially with regard to opioid use disorder and the overdose epidemic that’s the leading cause of death for individuals younger than 50.

It’s time to call in the cavalry.

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