Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

Davis, Thomas

Second Advisor

Emond, Jeanell

Third Advisor

McCaslin, Rosemary


The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of an intervention seen to increase life satisfaction in substance abuse treatment. While treatment models have improved, results remain low for long-term abstinence. The study participants were substance-abuse treatment clients at Mental Health Systems (MHS). This study will measure, in terms of increased life satisfaction, the effectiveness of a daily gratitude list on the negative mindset of substance abusers in treatment. The focus of this study will be the use of intervention that has been seen as beneficial in enhancing personal well-being.