Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2000

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Maria Dinis

Second Advisor

Edward Skarnulis

Third Advisor

David Miller


This hermeneutic study examines and compares the life experiences of three methamphetamine users who have been in chemical dependency treatment for their methamphetamine use. Findings of this researcher indicate that cognitive behavioral practice models have the best results when working with chemical users. There are few chemical dependency treatment programs which address methamphetamine users as needing different treatment approaches than other chemical users. Research indicates that those chemical dependency programs that address the multiple needs of the methamphetamine users and not just their drug use have the best results with helping them maintain long-term recovery from their chemical use. The findings suggest a need for restructuring of traditional chemical dependency programs. The participants identified their need for connection with others and their sense of belonging. Implications for social work practice and policy and for methamphetamine treatment are discussed.


SC 11.MSW.2000.Hamann.SS

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