Drug Addiction Case Study

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The client is an African American male. His name is John Smith. The member is a nineteen years of age. The client has been struggling with substance abuse since the age of sixteen. His drug of choice is cocaine. The client first tried the drug during the death of his uncle in January, 2014. He did not know his father and his uncle was the closest representation of a father figure in his life. The member could not cope with the death of his uncle. The member cried daily and tried to kill himself once. After a couple week of his erratic behavior, his older cousin had given him a small amount of cocaine. His cousin informed him to snort it and the pain of the death of his uncle will go away. Mr. Smith used cocaine every time he thought of his …show more content…
Addiction is a treatable disease. Different types of medications may be useful at different stages of treatment to help a patient stop abusing drugs, stay in treatment, and avoid relapse. Behavioral treatments help engage people in drug abuse treatment, modifying their attitudes and behaviors related to drug abuse and increasing their life skills to handle stressful circumstances and environmental cues that may trigger intense craving for drugs and prompt another cycle of compulsive abuse. Some treatment medications are used to help the brain adapt gradually to the absence of the abused drug. These medications act slowly to stave off drug cravings, and have a calming effect on body systems. They can help patients focus on counseling and other psychotherapies related to their drug. Getting an addicted person to stop abusing drugs is just one part of a long and complex recovery process. When people enter treatment, addiction has often taken over their lives. The compulsion to get drugs, take drugs, and experience the effects of drugs has dominated their every waking moment, and drug abuse has taken the place of all the things they used to enjoy doing. Therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Motivational Incentive and Group therapy are effective when dealing with substance …show more content…
During this period in time many teens experience disconnect, some have trouble identifying or finding where they belong. So many turn to drug and alcohol use as a way to connect with their peers on a deeper level. Certain young people are experiencing personal issues, possibly different untreated psychological problems and they use drugs in an attempt to self-medicate. “Emerging research exploring the reasons for this higher risk suggests that some teens may be self-medicating to cope with toxic environments, untreated trauma, and underlying psychological conditions.” (Substance Abuse in Canada: Youth in Focus, September 2007). At the micro level once a teen starts abusing drugs all areas in their life soon become affected. School becomes more difficult for them to maintain the same grades. It is very often that they will begin to lie and family relationships will become strained. Drug use can lead to various types of delinquency which can damage trust with the ones surrounding them. Youth who abuse drugs generally don’t obtain jobs for long periods of times so they often steal to substitute the income. Some may even decide to sell drugs to make money. It can be difficult for a younger individual to acquire a job in the first place, because there is a stigma attached to being a younger worker that you are unreliable. Youth who abuse heavy narcotics such as

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