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Treatment Strategies for Substance Abuse and Process Addictions von Smith, Robert L. (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 05.03.2015
  • Verlag: American Counseling Association
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Treatment Strategies for Substance Abuse and Process Addictions

This distinctive and timely text examines the most prevalent substance and process addictions and focuses on current research and evidence-based treatment strategies. Major substance addictions discussed include alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, methamphetamines, and prescription drugs. Complete chapters are also devoted to the most frequently cited process addictions, making this text unique. Behavioral addictions covered in this text include pathological gambling, sex disorders, disordered eating, work, exercise, shopping, and Internet/gaming. Each chapter contains a listing of student learning outcomes, a case study with reflective questions, techniques for assessment and diagnosis, inpatient and outpatient treatment approaches, and resources for further study. With its emphasis on treatment strategies, this text can be used by practitioners as well as by professors in the classroom in introductory courses in addictions or in subsequent courses that focus on treatment strategies.


    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Seitenzahl: 100
    Erscheinungsdatum: 05.03.2015
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781119098294
    Verlag: American Counseling Association
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Treatment Strategies for Substance Abuse and Process Addictions

Addictions: An Overview

Robert L. Smith
Student Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this chapter students will

Be able to define addictions
Identify the criteria used when defining addictions
Distinguish between substance and process addictions
Identify the etiology and prevalence of addictions
Identify addiction treatment strategies, interventions, and programs
Identify practitioner characteristics considered essential when working with addictions Case and Case Discussion

Individuals who directly or indirectly experience the chaos associated with addictions come from all sectors of society. The case of Angie, a 34-year-old Caucasian woman, represents the vast number of individuals who have struggled with and lost their lives to co-occurring addictions. The particulars of this case resemble those of family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues, supervisors, doctors, homeless individuals, and others across the globe who have been, or currently are, severely impacted by multiple addictions.

Angie, a 34-year-old Caucasian woman, experienced a high-risk lifestyle. As a bright, attractive, and entertaining young person she enjoyed the attention of others, and as an impulsive risk taker she exhibited minimal restraint in satisfying her personal needs. Angie had been a popular and smart, capricious adolescent. Her energy and athleticism were assets that had helped her gain recognition as a cheerleader and member of the debate team. She craved the attention of others and took pleasure in being recognized. She also enjoyed the excitement and the high from using alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and mixed drugs. Her obsession with weight and her personal appearance led to bulimic episodes that were preceded by negative self-talk. Body image and weight were life-long concerns.

Family stressors existed throughout Angie's adolescent years that had affected her development. Angie's father, a gifted athlete, introduced her to golf when she was 12 years old. Angie initially enjoyed the attention provided by her father and her success as a young golfer. She enjoyed the high of being recognized as an up-and-coming athlete within her age group. She was victorious in several tournaments. She worked hard and participated in several golf seminars and intense practice sessions. However, the attention given to Angie by her father and family expectations led her to withdraw from both her family and golf.

The stress placed on Angie by her family and the competition was overwhelming. An additional family stressor, however, was more significant. After practice sessions, Angie would sit with her father, often on his lap, discussing golf and how she was growing up so fast. This time together led to fondling and inappropriate touching by her father. Angie at first was confused but soon realized that something was wrong. She eventually quit golf and distanced herself from her father. She soon withdrew from all of her family members, including her mother, who she felt was aware of but did nothing to stop her husband's behavior.

With excellent grades and a record of leadership, Angie was offered several college scholarships. She selected a university known for its communications department, theatrical productions, and social life. Both students and professors immediately noticed Angie as an attractive, radiant, and fun individual. During her first semester, she was invited to audition for acting roles in the department's theatrical productions. For Angie, it was exciting to be viewed on campus and within the community as a future entertainer.

While in college, Angie misused substances, mainly alcohol and marijuana. Her exposure in local productions, along with some nude modeling, attracted Hollywood associates. These contacts led to auditions for television commercials. Angie'

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