The Importance Of A Theoretical Orientation On Substance Abuse And Co Occurring Personality Disorders

1750 WordsNov 11, 20157 Pages
Introduction This paper will discuss the importance of having a theoretical orientation when working with individuals, families, and treatment groups. One of the main reasons for a theoretical orientation is because it gives the social worker a framework of reference to understand the therapeutic needs of the client. It provides the social worker with a theory-based framework for generating hypotheses about the client’s experience and behaviors, which in turn helps prepare the basis for a specific treatment intervention. This paper will discuss how cognitive-behavioral therapy used the most with client’s that have substance abuse and co-occurring personality disorders. My belief is that if they change the way they think and practice new behaviors until they become the new habit the can live a healthy productive lifestyle. Client’s first have to identify and challenge their belief systems by first addressing their defense mechanism, distorted thinking, automatic thoughts, and the lie and illusions that they have used and told themselves to continue to use drugs. Most of these clients have been abused so much that they now abuse themselves and think that they cannot do any better but it is my job to motivate them to want to do different and see themselves a special unique person that can go anywhere or do anything in life. I will continue to practice and train at my job and attend as many training as possible so that I can continue to work with individuals, their families and

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