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Running head: ASSESSMENT & ADDICTIONS & CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS 1Unit 5 Assignment: Assessment of Addiction and Co-occurring Disorders Sharee Williams Course Number: 5108 Melissa Bridges 05/12/19
ASSESSMENTS 2Assessment of Addiction and Co-occurring Disorders Substance abuse is a complex issue that “affects an estimated 25 million Americans” (Mental Health America, 2013). Although it is easy to stereotype drug abuses as weak-willed individuals with loose morals, research suggests that consistent drug abuse can im-pact the brain in a way that makes resistance nearly impossible. According to the National Insti-tute on Drug Abuse, “most drugs affect the brain's “reward circuit” causing euphoria as well as flooding it with the chemical messenger dopamine” (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2018). When an individual’s body is flooded with intense pleasure, the individual is likely to repeatedly engage in that behavior. Consequently, even though the person cognizant understands the dan-gers associated with habitual drug use, they are compelled to continue. According to Kaplan et al., counseling is defined as “a professional relationship that em-powers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, educa-tion, and career goals” (Kaplan et al., 2014 p. 368). In an effort to accomplish this goal, it is like-ly that we will encounter clients who suffer from addiction. Consequently, it is essential for the counselors to learn how to adequately treat individuals who suffer from addiction so that that in-dividual can achieve wellness, and ultimately become empowered. The purpose of this article is to analyze a case study to determine how to assess someone with an addiction. Client Derek, a 30-year-old homosexual Puerto Rican male, that was admitted to the hospital due to a hand injury. According to witnesses, prior to the injury, Derek was involved in a fight that took place at a local nightclub when he mistakenly missed his intended victim and hit a nearby wall. While at the hospital, the Emergency Room (ER) physician decided to run a full
ASSESSMENTS 3assessment when Derek stated that “he was the best lawyer in Miami and the ER doctor better not “screw up” the best shot he’d ever have to get out of that “crummy little hospital” (Capella University, n.d.). While waiting on the test results, the ER doctor called Derek’s partner William who reluctantly confirmed that he recently “found a small baggie of white powder” in Derek’s belonging, which he suspects is methamphetamine. He informed the ER doctor about the conver-sation that he had with Derek’s brother Angel, that seems to indicate past methamphetamine abuse. Finally, according to William, Derek has been very agitated and keyed up. As a result, the ER doctor referred to the hospital’s on-call crisis worker.

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