Enhancing Health-Conscious Behaviors Among Clients in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs


health promotion, recovery, social work practice, substance abuse treatment, theory of planned behavior


The physical health of substance abuse clients significantly deteriorates because of the client’s prolonged abuse of alcohol and other drugs and accompanying behaviors. The purposes of this study are (a) to understand how substance abuse clinicians think about the health needs of their clients, (b) to identify the mechanisms through which clinicians seek to enhance health-conscious behaviors among their clients, and (c) to identify how substance abuse clinicians view their role in enhancing health-conscious behaviors among their clients. A qualitative study was conducted using in-depth, semistructured interviews with substance abuse clinicians (N = 16) from 4 substance abuse treatment centers. Using the theory of planned behavior as a framework for understanding the promotion of health-conscious behaviors in substance abuse treatment, the findings suggest that substance abuse clinicians are capable of enhancing health-conscious behaviors among clients in substance abuse programs.

Original Publication Citation

Dennis, C. B., Davis, T. D., *Bernardo, K. R., & *Kelleher, S. R. (2017). Enhancing health-conscious behaviors among clients in substance abuse treatment programs. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 17(3), 291-306.

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Peer-Reviewed Article

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Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions




Family, Home, and Social Sciences


Social Work

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Assistant Professor