Substance abuse social workers find employment in a variety of settings, including medical, psychiatric, and substance abuse hospitals; outpatient substance abuse clinics; inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation facilities; private practice; and physicians’ office

The four priority focus areas are: Understanding the complex interactions of factors influencing drug use trajectories. Accelerating development of treatments. Addressing real-world complexities


Substance abuse social workers help to treat people who are suffering from addiction. They coordinate and arrange psychiatric services, 12-step programs and support group meetings for their clients. Substance abuse social workers may also help their clients find housing with a halfway house or recovery center.