By Arthur Blume
A part of the hot Treating Addictions sequence, Treating Drug difficulties is filled with useful info on assessing, diagnosing, and treating drug difficulties, and represents a useful device for someone who works with consumers experiencing drug dependence or habit. the preferred sequence structure contains evaluate scales; tables, checklists, and diagrams; positive factors corresponding to "Dos and Don'ts" and "Important issues to Remember"; problem-solving situations; "Self-Improvement Techniques"; and steered assets, together with an annotated bibliography and lists of contacts equivalent to self-help teams, residential and outpatient therapy courses, help teams, and internet sites.
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However, the consequences cannot be assumed to be important to the person experiencing them. Even though the consequences appear to us to be harmful, there are many times when the drug user may not have that awareness, or may not even interpret the consequences in the same way that you or I might. Some of the gulf between what others see as a problem and what a drug user may see as a problem is likely due to myopia. The drug user simply may not have awareness because of impairment. However, the drug user also may not consider the consequences to be important or related to his or her drug use.
One of the hottest debates in substance abuse research for decades has been whether people with drug and alcohol problems can ultimately return to moderate use. At least in the alcohol research literature, the evidence is clear that some people who meet criteria for alcohol dependence early in life eventually no longer meet that diagnosis in spite of still drinking. Research also has found that many adolescents with alcohol and drug problems are able to mature out of those problems over time as life responsibilities increase.
People with drug problems often experience variable reinforcement — both positive and negative — when they use, because the drug makes them feel better, but only occasionally and unpredictably. Drug Problems: An Overview 27 may be reinforced if the use helps the person avoid getting the shakes or chills. Just like positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement can be on a variable or intermittent schedule, meaning that sometimes using a drug averts withdrawal symptoms, but not always. Drug problems may develop as a consequence of having drug use “shaped” by the pattern of seeking pleasure and avoiding discomfort.
Treating Drug Problems by Arthur Blume