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By Katherine van Wormer, Diane Rae Davis

Dependancy remedy covers the organic, mental, and social facets of alcoholism, consuming problems, compulsive playing, and different addictions. First-person narratives in regards to the adventure of habit offer you a realism and intensity of analysis now not typically present in textbooks. moreover, you are going to research themes that curiosity you, resembling the case opposed to so-called underage ingesting legislation, to teach you the significance of lowering the damage of any addictive habit.

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Rapp (1998) singles out six critical elements conducive to recovery. These are identity as a competent human being, the need for personal control or choice, the need for hope, the need for purpose, the need for a sense of achievement, and the presence of at least one key person. The experience of illness and recovery is unique to each person, but these common themes emerge in the stories of recovery. Although Rapp’s focus was on mental illness, these recovery themes pertain equally well to all biochemical disorders.

The biology of chemical use relates to the formidable hereditary components in the etiology of this illness and the physical problems that may arise with extended use. A growing literature documents the many ways in which addiction is a complex brain disease (Washton & Zweben, 2006). Predisposing characteristics such as endorphin deficiency can set the stage for future problems long before the use of any addictive substances. Thus, 12 chapter 1 we hear from a man who is serving a long prison term for manslaughter following a drunken driving crash: My father has had a few DWI’s (Driving While Intoxicated convictions), my sister one, and I’ve gotten two.

Moderate drinking is a possibility for some but not for all. The difficulty is in identifying who will be able to adopt this strategy. A primary purpose of this text is to explore such dilemmas, adopt a wider vision, and find even more ways to help individuals who want to reduce risks, improve their health, and/or stop practicing their addiction. As a starting point, let us explore the harm reduction model in greater depth. HARM REDUCTION AND THE STRENGTHS APPROACH Consider the following scenarios: l l l l l Street social workers distribute literature on safe sex and drug treatment in a notoriously crime-ridden neighborhood.

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