RESEARCH AND PRACTICE: The Great Divide in Substance Abuse Treatment.


  • David A. Patterson Assistant Professor, College of Social Work, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN


The substance abuse treatment community and empirically oriented academics concerned with substance abuse treatment share the common goal of reducing the harm caused by substance abuse. Yet, these two communities are deeply divided. They tend to see the causes of the problem and its possible solutions in dramatically different ways. This narrative describes my experiences in the terrain between the two communities, first while working for an insurance company as a substance abuse utilization reviewer, and later as a professor teaching substance abuse treatment to graduate students. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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Patterson, D. A. (2014). RESEARCH AND PRACTICE: The Great Divide in Substance Abuse Treatment. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 2(2), 4–10. Retrieved from



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