Essay on Substance Abuse Effects on Children

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For the purpose of this particular class assignment and with funding not being an issue, this paper will seek to create a treatment/prevention program for those who have been affected by the effects of substance abuse/addiction. Additionally, it will seek to describe a comprehensive model for treating this population. The mission would be to eliminate the devastating impact of substance abuse on those affected: chemically dependent individuals, those with a history of substance abuse/misuse, families/children and communities. The goal is to achieve and sustain abstinence for those addicted to alcohol and other substances in order for them to develop a recovering lifestyle. Finally, this paper will attempt…show more content…
Drug Use Continuum: Initial drug/alcohol use can be motivated by a number of factors. Such as, an individual’s inquisitiveness about the drug and it’s effect, predisposition, peer pressure, psychodynamic processes, homelessness, mental health illness and poverty. These can all offer ample motivation for experimental or circumstantial drug use. If taken repeatedly, a period of casual drug use often develops. Further usage associated with more frequent drug administration, higher drug dosages, and/or the use of more effective routes of administration (switching from intranasal to intravenous use) can lead to intensive patterns of drug use. Continued, more sustained drug use can then produce compulsive drug use where the substance has strong motivational properties and appears to govern much of the individual’s behavior. The most extreme case of drug use is the final progression to addiction. Substance use, like many human behaviors, occurs along a broad spectrum from no use to compulsive/extremely heavy use (Abadinsky, 2011). Thus, the likelihood of an individual experiencing problems emerging from substance use, usually increases as the rate of use amplifies. The gamut for
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