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Social work and addiction

Choose a specific population and an addictive behavior (internet addiction, cybersex addiction, drug-related or other addictive behavior) for this assignment.
Design a new prevention strategy or information and advocacy model created for your chosen addictive behavior. This strategy or model must do the following:
Be supported or grounded in research-based best practices.
Address the psychological, physical, social, and ethnic or cultural factors of addictive behaviors.
Address the legal and ethical considerations that apply to addictive behaviors.

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Hi, and thanks for choosing Brain Mass. Let's use alcohol as the drug of choice, a person drinks daily, a pint of gin, this increases each month, and the person is experiencing physical changes to include headaches, nausea, vomiting, and emotional changes. So, what does this mean as far as withdrawal, tolerance? What I would like to propose as an intervention or approach is to use Motivational Interviewing to help scale at what level this person is at to stop drinking, when the person's last drink was, and where this person wants to be in the next few years as a result of not drinking? Is this person motivated for recovery?

Chemical dependency is a complex issue with multi-factorial origins. As noted by Riggs, Levin, Green and Vocci (2008) chemical dependency often results from a combination of genetic and neurobiological vulnerabilities coupled with environmental adversities. Genetic and biological vulnerabilities can result neurobehavioral disregulation, which perpetuates addiction and exacerbates the environmental conditions precipitating substance abuse disorders (Riggs, et al., 2008). The complex etiology of chemical dependency has resulted in the development of various methods for treatment. The current investigation considers three methods: 12-step-models, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing. Through a review of these three approaches to treatment, it will be possible to draw some conclusions regarding which approach provides the best foundation for treating chemical dependency.

To begin, Miller (2008) argues that there is a paucity of empirical data that effectively demonstrates the efficacy of this program. While participants in the program often ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses an addictive behavior in a specific population.