HCA250 Final Project Health Psychology Committee Report

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Health Psychology Committee Report 1 Health Psychology Committee Report XXXX Axia College of University of Phoenix HCA 250 Instructor: Surfield Reaves February 22, 2009
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Health Psychology Committee Report 2 Psychological factors such as behaviors due to chronic pain, stress, depression, and cultural beliefs can have an adverse affect on the body’s physical condition making the treatment of both the patients’ psychological and physiological aspects of health crucial in increasing the success of the patient’s treatment outcomes, one’s adherence to medical regimens and maintaining and improving one’s wellness. Therefore, in the attempt of improving overall patient health, measurable by shorter hospitalizations and improved adherence to medical regimens, a psychiatry division comprised of five specialists specializing in substance abuse psychology, inpatient-only psychology, child psychology, adult psychology, and pain management has been developed with the responsibility of improving patient health through the use of psychological methods. The implementation of these methods are targeted to concentrate on the weaknesses and strengths of those needing psychological help in the hopes of improving the health and well-being of all those involved. Substance Abuse Counselor The substance abuse counselor is one, which helps individuals dealing and suffering from a variety of different addictions such as those of alcohol and drugs. The substance abuse counselor is to counsel individuals who are addicted to these substances, helping him or, she to identify and understand the behaviors and problems associated with his or, her addiction. Addiction can become a very debilitating disorder if not treated properly and for those seeking help and treatment for, one’s addiction by this type of method. Both the psychological and physical side of the individual needs to be addressed in order to benefit fully the chances of the patients overall success with the treatment (Substance use and Abuse, Week Four reading, aXcess, HCA250- The Psychology of Health course web site, 2007).
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Health Psychology Committee Report 3 Those suffering from an addiction must receive a thorough assessment that will concentrate on the in-depth consideration of the patient’s chemical abuse or, dependency issues as they relate to his or, her psychological well-being, financial status, and/or social circumstances in order to create a treatment plan appropriate to the patients needs. Withdrawal experiences and complications will need to be considered and approached carefully to ensure the least amount of physical discomfort and psychological distress on the patient. The use of a detailed detoxification assessment fitted to the needs of the individual through normal and chemical means if deemed necessary will sustain these needs. Relapse prevention methods will also need to be classified and established in the forms of individual and group therapy sessions to ensure the success of the patient during and after treatment has ended. Therapy sessions will allow the patient to identify with the causes of one’s abuse as
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