The article “What Are the HALT-ernatives to Drug Use” examine how the client handles his/her stress related to alcoholics. HALT stands for: hunger, anger, loneliness, or tiredness. The article states hunger, anger, loneliness, or tiredness are triggers often conceived as by drug abuser to engage in using. While I was reading the article, it reminded me of the Bowen family therapy. One aspect Bowen family therapy focus on is the idea people are the result of an evolutionary process. One component of the model is differentiation of self. Differentiation of self is the separation of one’s intellectual and emotional functioning process from other. Hunger the acronym in HALT states “People who are drug-dependent often try to satisfy this stress signal with drugs”, Anger states “ you might thing of yelling and screaming obscenities or fighting, then maybe going to grab a drink at the bar”, Loneliness states trying to learn how to live without drug dependency”, Tiredness states frequent drinking or drug use leads to problems with sleep, and operating on a lack of sleep can lead to errors in judgment, poor decision-making, and increased stress” @. (2016). What Are the HALT-ernatives To Drug Use? Retrieved November 29, 2016, from …show more content…
I could utilize the develop of a genogram to examine if there is a family history of drug/alcohol abuse. I could utilize the process questions technique establishing the cause of anxiety and other stressors. I could utilize the family experiment by building supports for the clients and simultaneously altering dysfunctional relationships within the family. HALT is not an actual model but it can be used to help identify certain issues a client is struggle with to help guide the clinician to a specific model. Which could be utilize to help a client who is struggle with drug/alcohol
In numerous instances, today’s world values addictions over family. Every day, the news highlights stories where addiction overpowers. For instance, a few weeks ago, Columbus, had a couple who overdosed on heroin with their grandchild in the backseat. Hence why “Under The Influence” by Scott Russell Sanders is extremely relevant. Sanders asserted his experience with his dad, who was an alcoholic.
As previously mentioned above, Narcotics Anonymous is a support group where individuals who are addicted to drug using can go into recovery with the help of others to cleanse themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally from drugs. The support group accepts individuals who are looking to stop their use of any illegal drugs, substance use, and alcohol consumption. An individual(s) with a problem with alcohol and substance use is viewed as an illness, based on the severity of use, and its affects it does to an individual. Alcohol and substance use can start at any age from adolescent to older adult age. An onset of alcohol and substance use can be known when/if there is an indication of it from an individual’s family history, and/or family
Someone I know told me a story of their past relating to a drug crime. He called it the angle, because of an angle he meet that night. Him and some friends of his went to a party that night and his friends told him. That night he said he seen the “prettiest girl” and once his friends were ready to leave he told them he was not going because he was going to try and talk to that girl, they left and he talk to her and later on he went home. The next day in the morning they told him in school, “aye yo did you hear about your friends (I forgot the names of his friends) well he got told that his friends decided to kill someone that night because they were high, one of them said I wonder what it is like to kill someone
This dependence on substances often leads to a dangerous cycle, where individuals feel they cannot function without them. As more and more people fall into this trap, we risk ending up like the society depicted in Brave New World, where happiness is manufactured and individuality is suppressed. Sadly, our own government seems to be following a similar path, with a lack of resources and support for those struggling with substance abuse, exemplified by the current opioid epidemic in America. If we continue down this path, our society may end up like the one in Brave New World, where the pursuit of happiness comes at the cost of individual
Triggers, warning signs, and crisis planning are the components of the process, and require interdisciplinary work from the patient, nurse, doctor, counselor and other support staff. As with every human being, stress is a normal part of life. How we cope with those stressors is the difference between mental illness and mental wellness. With patients with substance-abuse issues, their coping mechanism is their substance of choice. So it is important to identify those stressors early on, identify early warning signs, look for inevitable situations where the patient feels like everything is falling apart, and most of all, prevent them from using.
Many people in today’s society will “use drugs or alcohol to escape from their home or personal problems” (1 Drugs and Alcohol). Individuals love to be under the influence because narcotics alter the perception of reality. Although it may appear positive to live life without complication, there would never be a moment of originality to make life worth
Co-occurring disorders are common with most client cases that are presenting with a substance use disorder. Rosa is presenting with a history of several suicide attempts, alcohol use disorder, Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The client’s most severe symptoms are anger, fear, and shame. It is these symptoms that are complicating her life, causing distress, and self harming behaviors. Additionally, her treatment history is limited since she does not finish her therapy sessions.
Identifying and understanding these factors that influence an additions onset, severity, and course is different from diagnosing addictions. The DSM has a separated diagnosis from etiology. Essentially this concept gives practitioner a better understanding of the factors associated with an individual’s addiction. An effective treatment and prevention efforts consider the range for factors involved and address those most likely to yield results that are beneficial for the particular person or
One of the problems they face is withdrawal from substance abuse. Many drugs form a dependence within the person that when they go without they hurt mentally and physically. This may cause lashing out and violence towards others because their mind is not clear. Drugs alter a person’s mental state making them react to situations in ways normally they would not. For example, paranoia is one of the symptoms when withdrawing from harder drugs like
Despite the seemingly blatant root of addiction, that the affliction is the fault of drugs on the biochemical level, a more obscure, more habitual factor is at fault; the environment. As much as it may seem that we can place the blame upon the shoulders of those who are willfully partaking in such damaging habits, in reality it is more the fault of the environment the abuser finds themselves thrust in. As one is raised in a tumultuous environment, in which they know not what is happening nor why it is happening, drugs can seem to be a welcome escape. Be it anywhere from rats in an electrified cage overdosing on morphine, to prisoners confined to solitary confinement, drugs are sought after to alleviate the horrid circumstances. A Psychologist by
How families associate and the role that each member plays is transformed. To truly get a grasp of how families are effected by a family members’ addiction to substances, it is best to look at the addiction from the family perspective. Personal stories that explain the experience a family goes through when dealing with substance abuse within the family are best to help get an understanding of the family functionality that is disrupted. Seven areas of family functioning that are impacted are: rituals, routines, finances, communications, conflict, and social
Substance dependence and substance abuse are two drug-taking behaviors that influence an individual’s ability to function. According to Levinthal (2012), substance dependence is defined as an individual physically depending on a controlled substance. Individual’s portrays various signs indicating a dependency problem. The DSM-IV measures dependency based on criteria within a twelve month time frame (Levinthal, 2012). Substance dependence can be rather disturbing to an individual when dealing with the side effects.
In today’s society everybody knows somebody that has been touched by drugs at some point. Whether that person is the abuser, the family, friends, acquaintances, or just a member of the community that is becoming a playground for drugs; everyone is a part of the system of substance abuse. What is substance abuse? Substance abuse can be defined as an overindulgence or dependence of an addictive substance, especially alcohol or drugs. Majority of people believe that a substance abuser chooses to become addicted and stay addicted to a substance.
In our society, there has been a long line of drug abuse from the past to present day. According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse, “the total overall costs of substance abuse in the United States, including productivity and health- and crime-related costs, exceed $600 billion annually. This includes approximately $193 billion for illicit drugs, $193 billion for tobacco, and $235 billion for alcohol.” As these numbers are extremely high they do not show the extensiveness of the destruction to how they cause harm to others with accidents and violence, family issues, financial issues, loss of employment, or health issues, including medical, physical appearance, and mental issues; these are all short and long term effects of drug abuse.