Essay on A Genogram for the Alcoholic Richard Doe

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Alcoholism is currently the most widespread addiction worldwide, and an occasional consumption of it is seen as an aggravating factor in other psychopathological conditions with high risk for illness, disability and mortality (Onciu, Jordache and Pacala, 2013).
Pacala et al. (2013), indicates that alcoholics tend to lose their ability to exercise self control, thereby increasing their risk for aggressive behavior with the slightest provocation. In addition, alcohol decreases the ability of individuals to function effectively in the cognitive sphere, and as such, in order to reduce alcohol’s impact on the family, effective interventions must be implemented. Thomlison (2010) explains that the genogram is a pictorial chart of people
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This blended family unit commenced with the wife having a child from a previous relationship marrying a no kid’s husband.
Patient’s History
Richard is a 44 year old African male in a visiting relationship; he is an alcoholic who has participated in numerous alcohol drug rehabilitation programs but always relapses. This is his fourth time in treatment for his alcoholic condition; he has made several attempts to stop drinking on his own, and he is again seeking treatment. He is seen by other family members as the trouble maker of the family who can’t get his life on track.
He started drinking at an early age which proceeded through his secondary school experience. He works long hours in the construction industry, and engages in the daily ritual of drinking after work. He is presently in a relationship with Jasmine who also has a drinking problem; she believes he is an alcoholic.
Case Formulation
Richard has a positive family history of alcoholism and developed a drinking problem early, suggesting that he may have been genetically vulnerable to alcohol dependence. His social environment in primary and secondary school reinforced his heavy drinking patterns; as well as his visiting relationship reinforces his current drinking problem.
Moreover, his work environment provides the necessary cues for drinking as it is a ritual of relaxation from work pressures and spending quality time with his partners.

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