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Counseling Addiction: A Case Study

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All around the world, drugs and certain medications, have gained the reputation of modifying an individual’s mood and heightening their sensory experience and indulgence. A list of well-known substances that alter the chemicals in the brain and alter moods/emotions is marijuana, cocaine, heroin, tobacco, and alcohol (Jackson-Cherry & Erford, 2018). Due to these substances influencing positive effects, these drugs can be highly addictive. Counseling the drug and alcohol population can be frustrating and stressful in regards to the chances of relapse or resistance.
However, gaining an addiction can have negative effects on the client’s overall health, finance, lifestyle, and relationships. When they struggle with addiction, they choose or are recommended for treatment to overcome this predicament. Although, counseling a client battling addiction is more complex when encountering a crisis due to the variation of their treatment and where they are in recovery. The counselor must evaluate the client’s motivation, stage of change, relation to the crisis incident, co-occurring disorders, resilience, coping skills, and automatic responses. A crisis situation a counselor needs to be aware of is the high risk for suicide when weaning off substances. Why the client is contemplating suicide is due to confronting the challenges of feeling overwhelmed, useless
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It is important for the counselor to understand that during the client’s contemplation stage, they must increase their understanding of the benefits of abstinence. After the session, the counselor must document the session thoroughly and incorporate vital details about the client’s suicidal orientation, behavior/emotional patterns, and presenting condition. Additionally, adding client quotes will strengthen what was gained/shared during the session (Jackson-Cherry & Erford,
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