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    An Assessment and treatment plan are needed for Ken please: And by the way, there are additional pieces of information that I will have to add to this so you are not by any means completing the entire assignment for me. Thanks!

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    Ken is a 31 year old African-American man who is sent for therapy through his EAP program at work. Ken tested positive for amphetamines on a random drug test. He denies using drugs and tells you, "it must be those herbal pills that did it. A buddy of mine gave them to me to help me stay awake. I'm a truck driver and sometimes it's hard to stay focused on the road. My buddy said it was all natural stuff and would also help me shed a few pounds. Sitting in a truck all day has really started to put the weight on, if you know what I mean." Ken admits to having "a bit of a meth problem in my early 20's. But that was because my best buddy was a drug dealer. So he got me started on the stuff. I was real skinny back then though!" During your interview, Ken reveals that his parents were obese and that, "I hated it when I was a kid. I was embarrassed and ashamed to have friends around and I don't want to do that to my own kids." You notice that Ken becomes quite emotional at this time, then quickly changes the subject by asking you, "so what do I have to do to get my boss to believe I'm not a drug addict?" You notice Ken is quite thin and that his face is broken out. His pupils are dilated and he can't seem to sit still.
    Considering both traditional and mindfulness perspectives of addiction and addictive related disorders, formulate an assessment and treatment plan for Ken, using theoretical concepts from both of the course texts.
    Your response to both questions must include the information covered in the text(s) reading assignments including but not limited to:
    Problem Solving Skills
    Exposure Therapy
    Coping Skills
    Mindfulness and Addiction
    Assessment and treatment plan are needed for Ken please:

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    Ken is using a stimulant that cause a significant impairment to both his mental and physical health. Stimulants are drugs that produce emotions such as: euphoria, buoyancy, elation and an energetic feeling [e.g., amphetamines, caffeine, nicotine, cocaine] (Pinel, 2000). The drugs not only produce side effects but can prevent movement as well. The abuse of stimulants can lead to Stimulant Use Disorder described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder's (DSM-5, [APA] 2013) with the following symptoms:
    • A pattern of stimulant use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress.
    • The stimulant is often used in larger amounts, or longer period than was intended.
    • A persistent desire or unsuccessful effort to control stimulant use.
    • The person spends a great deal of time trying to obtain the stimulant, or recover from its use.
    • A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the stimulant (p. 561).

    Drugs classified as stimulants can significantly impact brain functions. Specific drugs classified as stimulants include: amphetamine, cocaine, morphine, or nicotine--all increase the level of dopamine in an area of the brain (Pinel, 2006).
    *Mindfulness as treatment for drug use
    Mindfulness has been described as a combination of attention and awareness of both internal and external current events (Stanley, Reitzel, Wingate, & Cukrowick, 2006). Based on this understanding of mindfulness therapy, according to Stanley et al., it is important that there is no "judgment or expectation for outcomes or goals". In other words, mindfulness does not suggest "getting ...

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    This solution discusses a mindfulness-based treatment intervention using Exposure therapy