DAAC 1319 Module 3-Writing Assignment.docx

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DAAC 1319 Intro to AOD, Module 3 Serena Jeffries 11 MAR 2018 1) List and discuss two major concerns in working with each of the following populations: a) adolescent substance abusing clients b) women substance abusing clients c) lesbian or gay, bisexual, and transgender substance abusing clients d) elderly substance abusing clients e) substance abusing client who has a physical disability When it comes to alcohol and substance abuse, there are many different populations that are affected. Some of the different types of populations consist of women, the elderly, the LGBT community, adolescents, and people who have a physical disability. These individuals are all affected by drugs differently. In the media, is it women being shown as a constant substance abuser or men? For years, research has shown that women are under the radar with their substance abuse. According to (Dorweiko 2014), women who are unhappy with their jobs or who work in male-dominated professions are more prone to substance abuse. This is an important observation because most women are working below their capacity, and often in low-status as well as underpaid. This is what leads women to drink more often than not. Furthermore, with the increase of women drinking due to stressors in the workplace, they are more likely to skip the attention of authorities or employers because men are correlated to substance-related problems (Johnson, 2003). This enhances the statistics of why women drink in the workplace. Some major concerns with working with elderly substance abusing clients is that it raises health concerns and there are changes in their body. The following medical problems have been found to arise in substance abusers: depression, memory problems, liver disease, cardiovascular disorders, and sleep problems. To include, older folks are more at risk for motor vehicle
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DAAC 1319 Intro to AOD, Module 3 Serena Jeffries 11 MAR 2018 accidents. These health factors are just a small part of the bigger picture. Not only do older folks face serious consequences, their bodies change within the substances being injected. According to research, “individuals are more vulnerable to the negative effects of alcohol and drugs” (Dorweiko 2014). It is important to know the health risks when it comes to elderly people being associated with SUDs. While women and the elderly face challenging risk concerns when working with them, the LGBT community faces a higher risk of substance abuse. With the world evolving, cities are still not very friendly towards the LGBT community so that minimizes the amount of resources available. (Dorweiko 2014). Most staff members at rehab facilities are also uncomfortable working with this subpopulation because of lack of training. Another issue that arises with the individual when working with these individuals is learning how to help them get around their reliance on orgasm due to drugs. Research has shown that men will utilize compounds such as amyl or butyl nitrite when orgasming to intensify the feeling. This may be a barrier with the counselor-patient relationship.
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