Author(s): Stoffelmayr BE, Mavis BE, Kasim RM
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Abstract Recovery status is an important characteristic of staff members working within substance abuse treatment. Recovering and nonrecovering staff members were contrasted previously, however there is a third group: Individuals who are not recovering themselves but are part of families with recovering or addicted members. The purpose of the present study is to compare background, roles within program and approaches to treatment of these three groups. Six hundred and thirty-four staff members of fifty-one treatment programs completed questionnaires. Five hundred and seventy-five completed an item indicating their recovery status. Forty-four percent identified themselves as nonrecovering, 30 percent as recovering, and 26 percent as nonrecovering but part of families with an addicted or recovering member. Nonrecovering staff with addicted or recovering family members differed from the other two groups on gender, more of them were female, but were similar to nonrecovering staff in their approach to treatment but fell between recovering and nonrecovering staff on measures of roles within programs and background. Recovering counselors reported to pursue a wider range of treatment goals and to use more varied treatment techniques than nonrecovering counselors. The implication of these findings for training and licensure of paraprofessionals in the field of substance abuse treatment is discussed.
This article was published in J Drug Educ
and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy