Date of Award


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Degree Name

Master of Social Work


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First Reader/Committee Chair

Carolyn McAllister


This project will focus on Substance Use Disorder/Alcohol Use Disorder (SUD/AUD) treatment service barriers in the rural desert communities of Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms, CA.

This project follows the concepts of the positivist paradigm. Because of this, the author primarily collected quantitative information. The author gathered data through snowball and convenience sampling utilizing local personal social connections and posting her questionnaire on Facebook. Study participants entered their answers into a self-administered questionnaire on Qualtrics. After completing data collection utilizing Qualtrics, the author examined the frequency analysis of the demographic statistics and key variables by exporting the data to SPSS. Results of the study were analyzed using the concepts of univariate analysis only (frequency analysis), because the study sample is smaller than anticipated.

The results of this project impact the SUD/AUD field on micro and macro levels. On the micro level, these implications help decrease stigmatization. On the macro level, these findings implicate a possible need for program development, expansion, and/or easier access to SUD/AUD treatment services.

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