Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Dr. Gale Hurton


The overall objective of this study was to expound on the relationship between attitudinal change toward addiction and addictive behavior among substance abusers entering an inpatient treatment programs. To achieve this objective the following determinants were addressed by the author: 1) Effects of Substance Abuse, (2) Attitudinal/Behavioral Change and (3) Inpatient Treatment Program. The study involved thirty adults, males and females, ranging between the ages of 18 to 57. The participants entered an inpatient treatment program at a local treatment facility in Atlanta, Georgia.

This study was an attempt to look at the change of attitude and change of behavior among substance abusers entering an inpatient treatment program. The results indicated there was a change in attitude, but did not indicate if there was a change in behavior. In observing the participants in the study there was a decrease in addictive behavior. This may have occurred because the client went through four weeks of educational classes about addiction and its consequences during the course of this study.

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