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Role of Advocate/Agent of Social Change

Provide thoughts about the role one might like to take as an advocate and/or agent of social change within the field of substance abuse counseling.

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. For this task, I suggest using this outline:

1. The problem of drug abuse - why is it a major concern? 100 words
2. On advocacy and social change - what is this about? Discuss, 100 words
3. Your advocacy plan to promote social change - 100 to 150 words

This should yield 300 words which should cover a short paper. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies,

Xenia Jones

On the Problem of Drug and Substance Abuse

Drug abuse/substance abuse (including alcoholism) is seen as one of the key issues confronting present-day society. The traffic of illegal drugs that fuel black market and criminal trade across America alone is the source of violent border wars, gang wars and heinous criminality. Abuse of drugs such as heroine, cocaine and crystal meth can lead to a life and family destroying path that is addiction. When an individual becomes an addict, the addiction does not only impact the self but family, friends and community. Substance abuse has a very raw impact economically, socially and psychologically. Individually, the abuse of substances changes brain and body chemistry, driving the need to consume more and more of the substance until it becomes a dependance. The altered mood, emotions, needs and cognitive capacities can lead to job loss, breakdown of families and relationships and, for so many, to fuel their drug habit without a stable source of income - criminality. Addicts and alcoholics lose control of their needs and even if they feel ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) of discussing the role of advocates/agents of social change in relation to substance abuse counseling. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.