Over the years in the field of addiction, more therapists and agencies are seeing the value of adopting a family systems approach in therapy and beginning to appreciate the need to treat an individual within the context of the cultural, societal and family systems (Smock, Froerer, & Blakeslee, 2011). In fact, some treatment outcome studies propose that family therapy is more effective in the treatment of drug abuse especially in the areas of engagement and retention (Stantan & Shadish, 1997; Thomas & Corcoran, 2001). Some models of family and couple therapy have been specifically designed to address substance use problems, and received empirical support to be highly promising, such as the multidimensional family therapy, the behavioural couples therapy, and the family behaviour therapy (Donohue, et al., 2009; Fals-Stewart, Lam, & Kelley, 2009; Liddle, 2010). However, it seems that most agencies and addiction counsellors continue to work individually and use individual therapy models in their work with clients.
Addiction comes in many forms such as, drugs, alcohol, gambling, and sex, and is one of the most common problems in today’s society. In order to combat the severity of the issues that are attached to addiction, human service workers must understand the different models of intervention, and must learn which specific theory to utilize in order to successfully intervene in cases of addiction.
Addiction is a chronic and relapsing disorder that can have devastating affects on physical, mental and emotional health of the addict and also has drastic affects on the family members of addicts. There are wide variety of things one can be addicted to including, drugs, gambling, sex, overeating and videogames. For the purpose of this paper, addiction to drugs and alcohol will be examined and discussed. More specifically, the aspects that will be investigated are etiology, affects on the brain, treatment options and further research directions for this debilitating disorder.
Addiction has long been questioned whether it is a disease or a choice. Although this is mostly an opinion, this has larger impacts on things such as rulings in court cases and how health insurance may cover an individual struggling with addiction. I personally view addiction as a consequence of a series of poor decisions. There are many factors that lead me to believe addiction is a choice. This essay will cover what addiction is, scientific proof that addiction is not a disease, and lastly my personal opinion.
Addiction can sum up to Freud’s theory of personality, Id. Id is the component of a person ability that includes all of the individuals basic biological drives and needs that demand immediate gratification (Kendall p100). Id remains with people throughout their life in the form of psychic energy, the urges and desires that account for behavior (Kendall p100)
Many people believe the misconception that an addiction is a moral problem and not a disease. To better understand the reasons why an additicition is in fact a disease; I will identify several types of addictions, and the problems associated with them. I will examine reasons why certain people are more susceptible for developing an addiction. Also, I will determine why many addicts deny their problems and many recovery methods addicts use to fight their illness. Researching these issues, will help aid my claim that addiction is a disease.
The effect of addiction have consumed billions of individuals all over the world, not only consume but also killed. Individuals have relied on drugs to fill the void in their life that is missing. The addict is not only hurting themselves from the drug use but their families, friends, and their community. In this paper, it will give a description of a 21-year-old male named Anthony. Anthony started using marijuana at the age of 20, trying to hide the pain from the death of his sister. Eventually, marijuana was not enough to get Anthony the extra high he wanted which Anthony made the choice to try another drug and eventually it
Battling addiction can be a challenging process that requires help and encouragement from top-notch rehab centers like Detox of South Florida. At Detox of South Florida, they have helped hundreds of patients struggling with alcohol or drug addiction. A major consideration in their treatment plan is preparing patients for sober life after rehabilitation. Many recovering addicts struggle with loneliness and isolation when sober. If you or a loved one is struggling with sober loneliness, here are three tips from the rehab center professionals at Detox of South Florida:
Did you know that every 1,000 babies born in the U.S., 33 of them will go through withdrawal symptoms? When a pregnant woman uses meth, the substance passes through the placenta to the fetus. After birth the baby no longer receives meth which results in a withdrawal period that can appear from one to 10 days after birth. Symptoms including diarrhea, excessive crying, fever, hyperactive reflexes and sleeping problems. All though these symptoms may only last up to 10 days, the baby may be affected long term as well. So can we stop this from happening? American Addiction Centers all around the world believe so. The American Addiction Center is a rehab for all pregnant woman willing to give their babies the life they deserve but need help with their addiction.
The three models of addiction examined in this week’s readings include the medical model, the psychosocial model, and the disease of the human spirit model. The medical model “rests on the assumption that disease states are the result of a biological dysfunction, possibly one on the cellular or even molecular level” (Doweiko, 2012, p. 333). Many consider this model and “maintain that much of human behavior is based on the interaction between the individual’s biological predisposition and the environment” (Doweiko, 2012, p. 333). Individuals under this model view free will “as an illusion” (Doweiko, 2012, p. 333). There is controversy regarding this model as “to the degree to which the
Most people associate dangerous addiction with the use of illegal drugs, but substance abuse consists of any dangerous dependence, including alcoholism and reliance on prescription drugs. For centuries, substance abuse was regarded by society as a personal failing or moral fault, and addicts were shunned and forced to the fringes of the community. Substance abuse today is recognized as a disease, typified by the brain becoming reliant on certain substances to deliver neurotransmitters like dopamine or serotonin. Street drugs like marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines react with the brain in a similar way to legal addictives, such as alcohol, tobacco, and inhalants.
Addiction- a primary, chronic, neurobiologic disease, with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. It is characterized by behaviors that include one or more of the following: impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite harm, and craving. The difference between addiction and abuse is often times unclear. It’s a difficult call to make as a family member or a close friend that is dealing with a person like this in their life, but ultimately it is a call that only the addict can make for themselves. There are tons of different sources and tests and questions out there that can be done that can
“Addiction is a brain disease expressed in the form of compulsive behavior,” says by Alan Leshner in his article, “Addiction Is a Brain Disease” featured in the book Drug Abuse: Opposing Viewpoints. Addiction has a variety of meanings depending on what your viewpoint of addiction. According to dictionary.com, the concrete definition of the word addiction is, “the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.” Basically various doctors and therapist consider addiction to be a genetic disorder. “Provocative, controversial, unquestionably incomplete, the dopamine hypothesis provides a basic framework
Drug addiction is one of society 's biggest problems and it is rampant among teenagers and young adults and one of the most abused drugs is marijuana. Cannabis sativa or marijuana usually grows throughout tropical and temperate climates and then plant 's stems, leaves, flowers, and seeds are then dried. What attracts to most users is the mind altering effect these parts produce which is addictive to some extent. It is usually smoked as cigarette, or in a pipe. It is also smoked in blunts, in which cigars will be emptied of tobacco and refill with marijuana or sometimes it is combined with another drug. It can also be brewed as tea or mixed in food. Hashis is a more concentrated, resinous form which is sticky black liquid, hash oil. The