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The Social Models


For this assignment, imagine you are a family therapist working in an addictive behavior treatment program. Select one of the case studies to represent your “client,” who is seeking help from your program. You can use one that you used in the previous assignments, or you can choose to use a different one.

Choose one of these case studies to complete assignment.

  • Caan’s 2012 article, “Defining Addiction, With More Humanity?,” from Contemporary Social Science, volume 7, issue 2, pages 159–165.
    This article challenges the popular trend in North America to reduce addiction to a neuroscientific level without giving consideration to sociocultural factors.
  • Price, Risk, and Spitznagel’s 2001 article, “Remission From Drug Abuse Over a 25-Year Period: Patterns of Remission and Treatment Use,” from the American Journal of Public Health, volume 91, issue 7, pages 1107–1113.
    The major finding from this research was that young drug abusers gradually achieved remission without treatment, even if they had been using heroin. “Spontaneous remission was the rule rather than the exception” (p. 1107).
  • Russell, Davies, and Hunter’s 2011 article, “Predictors of Addiction Treatment Providers’ Beliefs in the Disease and Choice Models of Addiction,” from the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, volume 40, issue 2, pages 150–164.
    This article demonstrates that U.S. treatment providers are more inclined to consider addiction a disease whereas U.K. providers are more likely to see addiction as a choice, based on their answers to the Addiction Belief Scale. This has implications for training addiction professionals in the United States.
  • The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s 2009 article, “Alcoholism Isn’t What It Used To Be,” from NIAAA Spectrum, volume 1, issue 1, pages 1–4.
    This article is an acknowledgement from the NIAAA that “about 75% of persons who recover from alcohol dependence do so without seeking any kind of help, including specialty alcohol (rehab) programs and Alcoholics Anonymous” (p. 2).

Assignment Instructions

Complete the following sections for this assignment:

  • Introduction—In this section of the paper:
    • Identify the client from the case study and briefly summarize the client’s demographic characteristics and addictive behavior history that are relevant to the social models of addiction. This section sets the stage for the next sections.
  • Applications of Social Models—In this section:
    • Apply your understanding of one or more of the social models of addiction (such as family systems and mutual-help groups) to your client. Do client demographics and history suggest that your client would benefit from a social model of addiction? Based on your interpretation, what social model treatment strategies might you recommend for this client?
  • Sociocultural Factors and the Social Models—In this section:
    • Describe how sociocultural factors (family structure, family roles, family systems, peer influence, community support) affect the client’s addictive behavior from the perspective of the social models. Does the media present social models of addiction with the same support shown to the medical, pharmaceutical, and recovery industries?
    • Describe sociocultural factors that may contribute to the addictive behavior as well as factors that may be helpful in overcoming the addiction from the perspective of the social models of addiction.
  • Sociocultural Factors and Professional Development—Finally, in this section:
    • Describe how awareness of sociocultural factors affects your professional development. How have your professional beliefs been affected by media portrayals of the disease model? Do you believe race, education, economic status, or neighborhood quality affect one’s chances of becoming addicted? Do you believe family structure, family roles, family systems, peer pressure, and community support affect one’s chances of becoming addicted, or recovering from addiction? How might the adoption of a specific model of addiction (disease, psychological, social) affect your chances for employment as an addiction professional? Provide examples to support your best critical thinking.

Assignment Requirements

  • Length: The paper should be 3–4 pages, excluding the title page and resources page.
  • References: Throughout your paper, apply relevant research findings from scholarly literature using in-text citations to support your reasoning. Include references for each of your citations in a separate reference page at the end of your paper.
  • Turnitin: Prior to submitting, submit your paper to Turnitin, which will help ensure that you have given proper credit for the information presented in the paper.

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