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Challenges in Counseling Substance Abusers

Identify at least two strengths you would bring to a counseling session with a client suffering from a substance abuse problem. For each, provide one example of a counseling situation in which it might manifest.
Then describe two potential challenges you might face in providing substance abuse counseling in light of your own attitudes and beliefs about substance abuse, addiction, and substance abuse counseling.

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Article: Parry, C. D. H., PlÃ?¼ddemann, A., & Myers, B. J. (2005).Heroin treatment demand in South Africa: Trends from two large metropolitan sites (January 1997ââ?¬"December 2003). Drug & Alcohol Review, 24(5), 419ââ?¬"423.
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One strength that I would bring to a counseling session with a client suffering from a substance abuse problem, would be high level of emotional control or self-discipline. An example of a counseling situation in which this strength would manifest, would be a situation where a client suffering from a substance abuse problem became very irate, with emotional outbursts directed at me. In this ...

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