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Substance abuse and treatment: public health, genetics, and rehabilitation

Russell, Emily (2016) Substance abuse and treatment: public health, genetics, and rehabilitation. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Substance abuse is a complex health problem with global public health significance. It is thought to be a result of a combination of factors, including genetics, the environment, and exposure to substances. It has a significant public health impact on mortality and health. Deaths from overdoses, certain cancers, and accidents are linked to substance abuse. Drug and alcohol abuse does not only affect the addict. Family members, friends, and community members are also impacted by the addict’s behavior. Substance abuse also contributes to other societal costs such as lost wages, healthcare expenses, and criminal justice costs. Treatment for substance abuse is difficult and complex. One of the main goals of treatment is to prevent relapse. This is particularly challenging in the outpatient treatment setting where clients are exposed to the stressors of everyday life while in treatment. At a local intensive outpatient therapy program, treatment professionals identified some challenges that they encounter while providing treatment. A public health intervention could be implemented to mitigate some of these challenges and improve rehabilitation service delivery.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Russell, Emilyemr18@pitt.eduEMR18
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKammerer, Candace Mcmk3@pitt.eduCMK3UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberTerry, Marthamaterry@pitt.eduMATERRYUNSPECIFIED
Date: 31 March 2016
Date Type: Submission
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Human Genetics
Degree: BS - Bachelor of Science
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: No
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2016 20:05
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2023 10:56


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