Fields of practice – addictions

People can have an addiction to a substance or to an activity, for example, gambling. Services are provided by specialists in patient and therapeutic communities or outpatient community facilities. They may provide methadone programs counselling and therapy or self-help programs. Drug education and prevention are also the focus of some programs.

Many different professionals work in this field, including medical practitioners, psychologists, nurses and social workers. Social work practitioners may be involved in delivering group programs or individual counselling or working with families.