Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Dr. Richard Lyle


This study compares illicit drug use, family relationships, and employment among substance abusers participating in treatment at The Atlanta Union Mission, a faith-based treatment program and Alliance Recovery Center, a contingency management treatment program. One hundred forty-nine (149) survey participants were selected for the study, utilizing non-probability convenience sampling. The survey participants were composed of both men and women in treatment for at least three months. The survey questionnaire was comprised of seventeen questions and a four point Likert scale. The findings of the study indicated a significant difference in the continuous use of illicit drug use for contingency management treatment and faith-based treatment programs. The process of most contingency management programs is to support participants in sustaining from one illicit drug at a time and 38% of the respondents indicated that they used multiple substances. This could account for the 15.6% responses at the contingency management treatment program who indicated an occasional use of illicit drugs. In the areas of family relationships and employments, both programs outcomes indicated a positive effect on program participants.

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