Drugs & Alcohol Case Study

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CASE STUDY Brian is married with two teenage children. He set up his own company, a packaging business 10 years ago, and has worked hard to make it viable. During this time his use of alcohol has increased. He currently uses alcohol on a daily basis and often consumes a 1.5L of bottle of spirits a day. He hides this from his wife, but she has recently wanted to talk about this, and is angry and frustrated with him. A recent back injury prompted him to go to his GP, who prescribed a codeine based analgesic. The cause of Brian’s heavy drinking falls into both the psychological and social components of the bio/psycho/social model. Although there is no evidence of a biological link in the case study, it is possible that there might be a…show more content…
What’s more, the business might see a decline in production with an increase of financial problems, therefore leading to Brian’s business in receivership. The internal influences that prevent Brian from changing are that: the substances help to calm him down and relax him. He can forget problems at home. It makes him feel more confident in social situations plus it makes him good company. Alcohol helps him to function properly and stay in control. Cost of change will only make Brian Feel more depressed and anxious, have low self esteem, Feel he won’t have anyway of relaxing, therefore increasing stress, Afraid that he won’t fit anywhere therefore forced to change social life. TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR CLIENT The Treatment method I would recommend for Brian is the Motivational Interviewing technique. It’s a non-confrontational way of talking and interacting with clients to motivate them to talk openly about their drinking, and to help them decide if changes are necessary. The main objective of this interview is to gather information in order to assess which of the services will best benefit Brian. Because Brian is not willing to give up his alcohol completely, I believe a harm reduction approach would be appropriate for him. WHY? • Because the focus of a harm reduction is on minimizing risks and harmful consequences, and the goals are realistic. There’s human dignity in that it respects the right of Brian to decide whether to continue to drink
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