Discussion Post Alcohol Abuse Class

I need an original post that is at least 200 words responding to Part A. Then I need two student responses to post, at least 100 words, that can be found in Part B. Please respond to student response like you are talking to them directly. Do not say “ I agree with this student….this student’s use of …..etc…”

PART A

“You have been diagnosed with Alcohol Use Disorder – Moderate and will receive one and only one level of treatment from your insurance company. You will receive the recommended number of sessions and standards of care associated with the selected level. Review the readings especially referencing diagnosis and ASAM patient placement criteria. A DSM 5 diagnosis of Alcohol Use Disorder – Moderate is a Dependence diagnosis. This is a serious pathology and not to be confused with a moderate drinker on the use continuum. This is one of the diagnoses applicable to an alcoholic. Considering the severity of the diagnosis and potential consequences what level of treatment will provide the best possible outcome for you and why?

PART B

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If diagnosed with a moderate severity disorder with only one opportunity for treatment, I would settle for behavioral therapy treatment option. I would be placed under treatment level one because of the severity of my condition. The motivation associated with this choice would be to enhance coping skills. Habits are easier to begin than end. Habitual drinking sets up a new behavioral pattern for an individual and having that person suddenly refrain from that behavior they have been used to for a period of time can be very challenging. It takes time and resources. For some, it takes longer than others. Sometimes making a dramatic U-turn could have worse consequences could than gradually easing into recovery. This is why I think behavioral modification would work better than medication in this case. Experience has shown that many patients who are unsupervised do not go through a complete dosage of their prescribed medications. A good number tend to discontinue once their symptoms subside. Therefore, a form of treatment that involves a trainer, with the trainee committed to a particular routine, and a time sensitive goal to achieve could be very effective.

The body has a natural response to all forms of changes, therefore, naturally conditioning it to a new routine can prove more productive than providing a temporary solution through medication. Many who seek treatment through medication could return to old habits once the potency of such medication reduces. They could become dependent with the tendency to continue such medications once their symptoms persist. An example of this is going to the gym in order to lose weight. To achieve this, a cardio program has to be chosen and stuck to. The goal of losing some extra pounds cannot be achieved by simply looking at others do their exercises. The result will be a direct reflection of the time and effort put in.

This therapy would teach discipline, and the ability to read the signs between alcohol-seeking and non-alcohol-seeking behaviors. Being able to identify the cues could help one become more alert and build resistance against alcohol consumption. Such resistance can help the body produce chemicals that replace the desire for alcohol and all its cravings.

Recovering from an addiction is not the easiest thing in the world. It requires discipline, self-denial, and cutting off associations that will otherwise not be helpful to one’s effort to completely heal of such pathology. A support system which includes family and friends can be vital in this endeavor.

References

http://ezproxy.umuc.edu/login?url=http://search.eb…

https://paulearley.net/articles/asam-criteria/asam…

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“If I was diagnosed with Alcohol Use Disorder – Moderate and had the option to only receive one level of treatment I would opt out of receiving strictly medication because I would be afraid to become dependent or gain a form of addiction to that in replace of alcohol. It is important to consider each treatment possible pros and cons per individual and which will have the most successful outcome. I believe the best suited form of treatment for me would be Inpatient Detox Rehabilitation Center. I think this would be a great option for me because I would be able to communicate with others who can relate to my struggles. This in a sense is a good support system to have, feeling that I am not alone provides assurance. Alcoholism stems from somewhere and through counseling it can get the the root of where and why the addiction came about. This seems like a safe environment that wouldn’t contribute to the drinking environments that I am used to being in and the people as well. Being under the appropriate supervision can counter the cravings of wanting to go back to my old ways. The structured treatment will provide a guide of steps to follow for success.

 

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