The Impact of Substance Abuse on Welfare Recipients
Dannelly, Bethany D.
Washington and Lee University -- Capstone in Shepherd Poverty Program
Substance abuse -- Treatment
Detoxification (Substance abuse treatment)
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Bethany D. Dannelly is a member of the Class of 2004 of Washington and Lee University.Capstone; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]This paper explores many complex facets of the impact of substance abuse on welfare recipients. First, the prevalence of drug use among the total population and individuals on welfare are studied. Next, the barriers created by substance abuse are analyzed, including barriers that mothers with children encounter. The various types of treatment are then discussed, as well as the availability of these treatments for welfare recipients, especially women. Finally, welfare policies regarding substance abuse are analyzed and recommendations are made regarding these policies. Substance abuse causes serious problems for welfare recipients and is deserving of research and attention so that individuals have a chance to become reintegrated in society and capable of moving from welfare to work. [From Introduction]