Essay On The Movie 28 Days

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Alcohol use is often glamorized in society and viewed as an acceptable form of socialization and fun. Thousands of youths, college students, and adults partake in this behavior in order to either fit in with their peers or find an escape for their problems. Although many individuals are able to keep their drinking within an acceptable limit, others often exceed the boundaries and enter dangerous territory. The movie entitled “28 days” exceeds an audience’s expectations in regards to correctly portraying the dark side of substance use disorders. The main character in the movie is a big city writer named Gwen Cummings. The audience first meets Gwen at a party where she is seen drinking and dancing the night away with her friends. As the movie …show more content…
During the group therapy, the patients undergo the community reinforcement approach. This approach which consists of four steps, assumes that multiple influences affect substance use and different facets are used to identity and correct those aspects. In the first step of this treatment, Lily is recruited to attend a therapy session in order to allow Gwen to repair their relationship. The second part of this therapy involves the patients understanding how to identity certain situations and consequences that influence their drug taking. It is through this method that Gwen slowly realizes she must cut ties with Jasper and the rest of her friends who still abuse substances. In the third step, Gwen learns to ask for help in social situations. Lastly, the fourth step requires the patient to acquire new recreational options to help the patient replace their substance use with. In the movie, Gwen chooses to continue her therapy with horses and buys a plant, per the advice of her …show more content…
While psychologically based therapy is immensely helpful in the recovery process, I believe biological treatments should be used in conjunction with therapy in order to provide a more effective treatment plan. Therefore, I will provide an antagonist treatment with naltrexone, in order to remove the euphoric effect Gwen receives from opiates. In order to help with her alcohol cravings, I will start Gwen on disulfiram, commonly known as antabuse, an aversive treatment that prevents the breakdown of acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is a by-product of alcohol and its buildup causes feelings of illness. Therefore, when individuals drink alcohol after taking the antabuse, they will experience nausea, vomiting, elevated heart rates, and respiration. Generally, antabuse is to be consumed in the morning before the urge or desire to drink arises. However, knowing that in the past Gwen has drunk alcohol in the morning, I will also recommend her to take Acamprosate. Acamprosate is an antagonist treatment, which seems to decrease cravings in people who are dependent on alcohol. Since this treatment works best for people who are highly motivated, I believe it will be beneficial for Gwen. Moreover, since I will be using two different treatment types for Gwen’s alcohol dependence, the likelihood of relapse due to noncompliance may become

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