Literature Review On Substance Abuse

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My Descriptive Narrative and Literature Review of My Final Project Whether it is the illegal use of alcohol, Marijuana, prescriptions drugs or other forms of controlled substances, substance abuse is a growing problem, throughout the United States that has led to many detrimental issues. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (2014) projected that more than twenty-four million people had used illegal narcotics or alcohol within the last thirty days and that over three million individuals had become first-time users this year alone. In addition, it was also found that one-third of accidents, which resulted in death, involved drivers who were under the influence of drugs, as well (“Drugged Driving,” 2014).
As these statistics continue to rise
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Besides being much more affordable than Individual Therapy, there is one primary reason why Group Counseling may be more effective than Individual Therapy, when treating Substance Abuse clients and that reason is collaboration. In a group setting clients are given the opportunity to work together with other individuals, who are suffering from similar scenarios and can confide with them to receive additional support. In addition, the self-efficacy of members is increased from observing the success of other members within the group, who have remained sober from using drugs. This provides other clients, who may have been doubtful, about their success, with the hope they need to achieve their goals. The connection that is built between members also helps when treating other issues that may be in conjunction with substance abuse, such as depression, anxiety and loneliness as well. Advice from group leaders, as well as other substance abusers, helps not only in rectifying issues but in building trust and rapport when confronting additional issues, as a team. The versatility of a prudent solution for one member can also help in resolving the issues of many members at once, which also helps in…show more content…
These users were randomly allocated to either Standard Group Therapy or Individualized Post Care Therapy. The outcome displayed that abstinence was more significant for those individuals in Standard Group Therapy versus those or Individualized Post Care Therapy, during a 6-month period. On the contrary, the results did reveal however that those clients in Individualized Post Care Therapy had more control in limiting their use of Cocaine within the first three months, in comparison to those in Standard Group Therapy. The outcome also exemplified that clients who were unsuccessful in their abstinence during their rigorous treatment program and those who had pledged to abstinence did better in Individualized Post Care Therapy than in Standard Group Therapy. However, clients with other objectives of abstinence did better in Standard Group Therapy than Individualized Post Care Therapy (McKay et al.,

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