Enabling dependent drug users: A cognitive behavioural assessment
Based upon six years social work practice with dependent drug users in Mersey side, the author introduces the broad principles of a cognitive behavioural approach, and then integrates this theoretical understanding to a highly specific area of practice, - assessing dependent drug users. Assessment is discussed in detail and using examples the article provides a much needed model of good practice. The approach is based upon a risk reduction philosophy and is underpinned by cognitive behavioural principles. The article offers a comprehensive outline from which a practitioner could follow and conduct an assessment. Importantly, the process seeks to empower clients, redressing the balance by returning to them responsibility for their future, thus enabling them to set their own targets and plans without coercion from the worker.
Substance Abuse and Addiction
Buchanan, J. (1991)'Enabling dependent drug users: A cognitive behavioural assessment'. Practice, 5(1), 34-46
Digital Commons Citation
Buchanan, Julian, "Enabling dependent drug users: A cognitive behavioural assessment" (1991). Social Inclusion Research Unit. Paper 12.