Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs (ATOD) Specialty Practice Section

We are social workers on the front lines and behind the scenes helping every segment of the population seeking recovery. Examples of areas of service: screening and assessment, counseling, referrals, case management, research, education, advocacy. 

From the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Section Connection:

"The death of a child is a devastating life event that causes parents extreme distress emotionally, physically, and spiritually for many years. Such a loss puts parents at risk for substance use/abuse. Social workers should assess, treat, or refer any potential substance use and abuse problems for this vulnerable population. Social workers should also conduct comprehensive loss histories to identify bereaved parents who may be in need of counseling for complicated grieving."

ATOD Section Committee


  • Dottie Saxon Greene, PhD, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, Mars Hill, NC, Chair
  • Jessica Holton, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, Greenville, NC
  • Barry Schecter, LCSW-R, CASAC, MAC, SAP , Owego, NY
  • Jason Schwartz, LMSW, ACSW, MAC , Ypsilanti , MI
  • Cindy Sterne, LCSW, MCAP, ICADC, CCTP, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Alternate:  Yvonne Johnson-Gilbert, BS, MSW, LCSW, Canton, NC