Life Skills in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment

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Life Skills in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment
School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix
Wesley Tyler
Meredith Ward

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment
Recidivism relates to a person repeating an undesirable behavior after they have either experienced negative consequences of that behavior, or have been treated or trained to extinguish that behavior (Henslin, 2008). Progress being made in families and individuals due to lack of life skills that lead to causal factors to high recidivism rates in substance abuse and mental health treatment has been a growing issue posed by researchers. According to Miller & Hobler (1996), “In Deleware, 84% of Life Skills participants are male; 66 percent are
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Research Question 1. Does life skill training reduce recidivism in drug addicts?
Through historical and developmental research an effort to reconstruct or interpret historical events through the gathering and interpretation of relevant historical documents and/or oral histories. Primary research data will consist of surveys, in-depth interviews, focus groups and experiments. Primary data will be gathered through informal interviews and observations. According to Lev, Brewer, & Stephenson (2004), “Interviews can be used to determine what services current customers would like to have access to, while observation can be used to determine which current providers are popular through other vendors.”
There is an emerging literature on the relationship of coping strategies and substance use. Some evidence shows that individuals naturally adopt coping strategies to moderate behavioral and substance abuse problems (King & Tucker, 2000; Sugarman & Carey, 2007). Similarly, in a study with heroin users, participants who were abstinent at follow-up had greater increased use of coping responses compared with
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