Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


After interning at Valley Health Associates the problem identified was the lack of education on substance abuse. With much of Salinas being multicultural and spanish speaking, we begin to identify the challenges associated with getting information to the public about substance use and the treatment options. Some contributing factors associated with the lack of education on substance use are family, social, and environmental factors, lack of education overall, and the stigma/shame associated with substance use; however the unfortunate consequences associated with this are misconceptions about drugs overall and an increase of fatal overdoses. The capstone project will focus on individuals recovering and discussing their story . Though this project has not gone as smoothly as hoped for thus far, the hope is that moving forward it will be able to be completed and bring awareness to the issue of substance use and educate the community on treatment options. The findings so far have been limited as COVID-19 has made gaining access to individuals that much harder. There is also some belief that being recorded makes it harder. There are people who do not mind sharing their story however being vocal about it with society is much different.

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