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  • Long history of attempting to treat substance abuse.

  • Whole economies have been founded on drug use.

  • Big business for legal and illegal drugs

  • Big business for drug-related medical care

  • Lost productivity

  • Murders, fractured families, suicide

  • Insurance, property crime, law enforcement

  • Treatment

Prevalence in us
Prevalence in US

  • 10% of those who drink, consume 50% of the alcohol

  • 16M people who are heavy drinkers

  • 55M binge drinkers (5 or more drinks at one setting)

  • 18.7M who need treatment for alcohol use

  • 22M who need treatment for legal and illegal drugs

  • 71.5 M Tobacco use

  • Controlled use

    • Is this a reality for an abuser or an addict?

Prevalence in us1
Prevalence in US

  • Drug-abusing behavior in 15-54 year age group

  • 1 in 13 will become dependent on controlled substance

  • 1 in 6 will become dependent on alcohol

Sociocultural determinants of substance abuse
Sociocultural Determinants of Substance Abuse

  • Set vs. setting - have a great effect on the behavior of the drug used

  • Set = the mental and emotional state of the user

  • - including expectations, intelligence, personality, feelings, and so on

  • Setting = the social and physical environment of the user at the time of use

  • -immediate surrounding, such as a living room, bar, legal and religious perspective

Sociocultural determinants of substance abuse1
Sociocultural Determinants of Substance Abuse

  • Alcohol and drugs have culturally specific:

    • Rules

    • Sanctions

    • Prohibitions

    • Admonitions

    • Permissions

  • Although there are cultural implications, do not stereotype!

  • Alcohol number one abused substance
    Alcohol: Number One Abused Substance

    • Duration (longevity, legacy, and history)

    • Legality (limited conditions for jail)

    • Widespread use

    • Indirect financial costs

    • Psychological costs

    • Physical costs

    • Links to crime

    • Implication in accidents

    • Suicide

    • Alcohol ISa drug

    • Interpersonal relationships

    • Polyuse

    • Embroilment in controversy (physical or mental disease?)

    Models of addiction
    Models of Addiction

    • Behavioral Learning Model

    • Biopsychosocial Models

    • Cognitive Models

    • Disease Model

    • Genetic Predisposition Model

    • Lifestyle Model

    • Moral Model

    • Parental Influence Model

    Models of addiction cont
    Models of Addiction Cont.

    • Peer-Cluster Model

    • Personality Model

    • Prescriptive Model

    • Problem Behavior Model

    • Psychoanalytic Model

    • Psychosocial Model

    • Sanctioned-Use Model

    • Sociocultural Models

    • Stress-Coping Model

    Definitions of commonly used terms pg 354 356
    Definitions of Commonly Used Terms (Pg. 354-356)

    • Abuse

      • Chronic, recurrent misuse of chemicals.

      • One or more of the following occur in a maladaptive pattern during a 12 month period:

        • Failure to fulfill major role obligations (work, school, or family)

        • Physical impairment that creates a hazard

        • Recurrent legal or social problems

  • Addiction

    • Physical reactions include the development of tolerance and withdrawal.

    • Psychologically, it is the compulsion to use drugs regardless of the negative consequences.

    • Progressive, potentially fatal, and marked by preoccupation with chemical use.

  • Addictive behavior

    • Preferred by many in the field because it focuses on behavior.

    • Is used to describe a broad spectrum of problematic compulsions.

  • Alcoholism

    • Addiction to alcohol.

  • Definitions of commonly used terms cont
    Definitions of Commonly Used Terms Cont.

    • Chemical dependent

      • Addiction to drugs.

  • Codependent

    • Reciprocal dependency of the addict in need of care and a caretaker’s need to control the addict’s behavior.

  • Dependence

    • Cognitive, behavioral, and physiological symptoms indicating that the individual continues to use the substance despite significant chemical-related problems.

  • Drug

    • Psychoactive substance that has a direct and significant impact on the processes of the mind with respect to thinking, feeling, and acting.

  • Enabler

    • A person who allows the addict to continue the addiction rather than suffering the full extent of the substance-related consequences.

  • Definitions of commonly used terms cont1
    Definitions of Commonly Used Terms Cont.

    • Habituation

      • Degree to which one is accustomed to taking a certain drug.

  • Misuse

    • Use of a substance with some adverse physical, psychological, social, or legal consequence.

  • Relapse/Slip

    • Use of a substance after a period of abstinence.

  • Tolerance

    • When more of a substance is needed to achieve the same effect.

  • Use

    • The intake of a chemical substance with the intent of altering one’s state of consciousness.

  • Withdrawal

    • Physical and psychological symptoms as a result of the reduction or cessation of a drug.

  • Defense mechanisms pg 356 357
    Defense Mechanisms (pg. 356-357)

    • Denial - (refuse to acknowledge)

    • Displacement - (venting toward another)

    • Fantasy - Escape

    • Projection - (Attribute motives to others)

    • Rationalization (Excuses)

    • Intellectualization (impersonalization)

    • Minimizing (Play down the seriousness)

    • Reaction formation (defense against perceived threat)

    • Regression (reverting back)

    • Repression (burying in unconscious)

    Enabling and codependency
    Enabling and Codependency

    • Enabling - has to do with one's behavior toward a chemical dependent.

    • Codependency - has to do with one's relationship to the chemical dependent

    Enabling and codependency1
    Enabling and Codependency

    • Suppression (stiff upper lip)

    • Dissociation (distancing)

    • Repression (bury in unconscious memory)

    • Escape to therapy (catharsis, but no change)

    • Intellectualization (distance with details/control)

    • Displacement (moving feelings elsewhere)

    • Reaction formation (taking over for the addict)

    • Passive aggression (covert behavior)

    • Hypochondriasis (converts anger into physical complaints)

    Children in alcoholic families
    Children in Alcoholic Families

    • Personality Roles

      • The Scapegoat (acting out child)

      • The Hero (the little adult)

      • The Lost Child (adjusts without feelings)

      • The Family Mascot (placates and comforts everyone)

  • Family Rules in Alcoholic Families - that children have to adopt to survive)

    • Do not talk/do not have problems

    • Do not trust

    • Do not feel

    • Do not behave differently

    • Do not blame chemical dependency

    • Do behave as I want

    • Do be better and more responsible

    • Do not have fun

  • Adult children of alcoholics acoa
    Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA)

    • Facts

      • Addiction has a genetic component

      • Addictive behavior can be learned

      • ACOA’s tend to marry addicts

  • Emotional issues

    • Trust

    • Dependency

    • Control

    • Guilt

    • Identification and expression of feelings

  • Effects of childhood roles

    • Adaptive roles from childhood follow them into adulthood

    • (heroes, lost child, placaters, family mascots, acting-out)

  • Treatment approaches
    Treatment Approaches

    • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) (pg. 365 - 12 Steps)

    • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) (Stinking-thinking)

    • Inpatient Treatment: The Minnesota Model (28 days)

    • Outpatient Programs (1-2 times per week, with much criticism)

    • Contingency Management (CM) (reward/reinforcement based)

    Intervention strategies
    Intervention Strategies

    • Motivation and Stages of Change

      • Precontemplation (using but seen as a problem)

      • Contemplation (using but thinking about it)

      • Determination/Preparation (quit in the future)

      • Action (taking active steps/treatment)

      • Maintenance - about 6 months (behavior change with continued work)

      • Termination - about 5 years (cognitive and emotional changes, support system in place)


    • Personality Inventories

    • Direct Measures

    • Parsimony (simple questions)

    • Computer-Administered Direct Measures

    • The Problem Is . . . (double what ever the person self reports)

    • Motivation to Change (instruments)

    • Intake Assessment

    • Assessment of Spirituality

    • Triage Assessment (seek collateral info. and assume deception)

    • Diagnostic Intake (formal clinical assessment)


    • Can be a serious medical process

    • Addict may be given small, controlled amount of the addicted substance to reduce severe symptoms

    • Common symptoms

      • Delirium Tremens (DTs)

      • Somatic complaints

      • Excessive sleep

      • Mood swings

  • Detoxification without treatment is nearly always futile.

  • Principles of treatment
    Principles of Treatment

    • Treatment Techniques (solution-focused, 12 step, cognitive behavioral, reinforcement based, rational-emotive behavioral)

    • Treatment Goals (actions)

    • Treatment Protocol (schedule in activities)

    • Individual Therapy

    • The Treatment Group

    • Learning Relationship Skills

    • Accepting Responsibility ("what part did you play")

    • Getting Past Denial (1. presence and magnitude, 2. life problems)

    • Confrontation (potent, but dangerous)

    Principles of treatment cont
    Principles of Treatment Cont.

    • Overcoming Environmental Cues That Lead to Drinking (playmates and playgrounds)

    • Treating the Family

      • Family Therapy Session

      • Therapy for the Children

  • Aftercare and Relapse Prevention

    • Cognitive-Behavioral Boosters (statements, messages)

    • Pharmacology

  • Euphoria (over kill)

  • AA's Role in Aftercare

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