Addiction : The Problem With Addiction

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In order to understand how to treat addiction, it is important to first understand why addiction occurs. Often, there is a misconception on what steps need to be taken to deal with addiction, and what factors increase the propensity of addiction in the first place. The different models of addiction aim to clarify and justify reasons why addiction occurs both physiologically and psychologically, as well as provide plausible solutions to stop addiction. Although the models all contain differing view on why addiction occurs, and tenets and tactics on how to effectively deal with addiction, it is important to understand that any type of addiction can be harmful and dangerous. The models that I believe resonate and make the most sense to me…show more content…
CBT is a short term approach, so for substance abuse it may not be effective long enough to prevent relapse Overall, the learned, disease, and family models don’t seem to take into account that substance use is a choice regardless of family perception and history, genetics, or environment. There were a couple models I have not heard of before, for example, the public health model and the temperance model. I found the temperance model to be interesting because it seemed to be a forced method to stop alcohol use, and when things are forced they usually yield negative results or don’t last too long. The temperance model mentioned things like prohibition, which didn’t stop the use of alcohol in its entirety, but instead led to individual’s illegally selling and drinking liquor as a result. When reading about the public health model, it almost makes substance use sound like a disease as well because the names of two components are host and agent. What I found interesting is the fact that though it is a three prong approach, host, agent and environment, interventions can be used separately within any three of the components to allow for change on each level. In my current work setting, the disease model seems to be embraced. When conducting assessments, often time addiction or substance use is considered a primary disease or diagnosis, one that can stand alone or be coupled with another mental health issue. Importantly, he reminds us that drug abuse is a
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