1.1 This week, you studied various theories of addiction and learned about the human body’s reaction to substances. With all the scientific knowledge we now have about addiction, why is there more than one etiology of addiction? Why is it important to have a multidisciplinary approach when addressing addiction? Provide an explanation in your response.
1.2 In preparation for this week’s assignment, review substance use disorders and process addictions. How do process addictions differ from substance use disorders? What are three ways in which the treatment approach will vary from process addition to substance use disorders?
2.1 Explain the importance of a substance use disorder counselor having an understanding of tolerance and withdrawal. What potential issues could arise if the counselor did not have this knowledge? Provide at least one example in your response. Additionally, discuss how a substance use disorder could mimic and/or co-occur with a variety of neurological, medical, and psychological disorders as discussed in the Differential Diagnoses sections of the Substance Use Disorders chapter in the DSM.
2.2 In many states, marijuana is now legal for certain medical purposes. Identify some clinical issues that may now present themselves because of this. What if you have a client who is addicted to alcohol and narcotics, who is also using marijuana to help with chronic pain? How might you address this situation? Discuss the importance of applying crisis management skills.
3.1 Why is it important to integrate coordinated treatments for co-occurring disorders? Provide at least two examples of the potential financial challenges associated with managing the implementation of treatment.
3.2 What are the different types of psychoeducation and psychotherapeutic clinical group therapies often used in treatment of substance use disorders? How would the prescreening process for referrals look different for each? If you determined a client needed a referral for an alternative treatment, how would you describe the referral process and complementary treatment alternatives?
4.1 Support groups are separate from clinical therapy groups. Why is it important for substance use disorders counselors to know what happens in non-clinical support groups? How could this knowledge benefit treatment?
4.2 Why is it important to develop an empathetic relationship with a client with a substance use disorder? How would you challenge behaviors and thoughts that are not recovery promoting and how would you provide information to them relating to substance use disorder and treatment?