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Week 4 Discussion: Care for a Client Diagnosed with a Substance Use Disorder

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Completion requirements

To do: Make forum posts: 1

Value: 100 points

Due: Create your initial post by Day 4 and reply to at least two of your peers by Day 7.

Grading Category: Discussions

Note: In this type of discussion, you will not see the responses of your classmates until after you have posted your own response to the following prompt.

Initial Post

For this discussion, address the following prompts:

  • Elaborate on etiology, stressors, problems of addiction, dependence, and relapse in the United States today.
  • Identify potential physical and mental findings when examining a client with a substance use disorder. Note your rationales.
  • Describe possible triggers to compulsive substance use or behavioral addiction.
  • Discuss the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie addictive behavior.
  • What medication-assisted treatments (MATs) and psychotherapeutic interventions for monitoring (for alcohol and for opioid abuse) are available?

Use APA format with reference list (two to three books and/or articles).

Replies

Reply to at least two of your peers. In each of your reply posts, write a maximum of two paragraphs (with two to three sentences each). Describe what you would do differently than your peer. Also explain something new that you learned from your peers post. These paragraphs should synthesize one to two pieces of research.

Please refer to the Grading Rubric for details on how this activity will be graded.

The described expectations meet the passing level of 80%. You are directed to review the Discussion Grading Rubric for criteria which exceed expectations.

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Substance Use Disorders

Substance Use Disorders

Read the following two case scenarios:

Initially, Jose used cocaine only on the weekends when he was out with friends. But now he uses it every day, even when alone. Jose spends nearly his entire paycheck on his cocaine use. His wife is threatening to divorce him, and he is close to being fired from his job for underperforming. Yet, he continues to use cocaine.

Steven suffers from Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder.  In order to help him focus better at work, Steven’s doctor prescribed Adderall (amphetamine).  Initially, Steven noticed an improvement in his concentration at work.  After he had been taking Adderall for 6 months, however, recently he is starting to feel his concentration slipping again. He mentioned this to his doctor, and his doctor increased the dosage Steven was taking.  He has also noticed that if he forgets to take his medicine, he is very tired, feels depressed, and has trouble sleeping.

Based on your readings, what is your viewpoint regarding Jose’s and Steven’s substance use? Keep the following questions in mind while writing the paper:

  • What category of substances do cocaine and amphetamine fall under, and what are the implications of this category on the body?  Be sure to give the classification, DEA schedule, and physical effects.
  • How is a substance use disorder diagnosed?
  • Is Jose’s behavior evidence of a substance use disorder? Give a clear and thorough rationale for your response.
  • Is Steven’s behavior evidence of a substance use disorder? Give a clear and thorough rationale for your response.

Submit a two-three page paper in Microsoft Word

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