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Unformatted text preview: AN OVERVIEW OF TREATMENT MODELS The 12-step Programs: Self-led groups that focus on the individuals achievement of sobriety. These groups are independent, self-supported, and are not aligned with any agency or program. Individuals are united by working on their common 12-step program. By meeting and talking together, they are able to stay sober and lose the compulsion to use alcohol or other drugs. The focus of this modality is on dealing with problems one day at a time. Twelve steps refers to the steps toward recovery, which were written in 1935 by two recovering alcoholics. Advantages: Readily available; free; and focuses on fellowship with persons in similar situations, spirituality and self-responsibility. It is not affiliated with any professional organization. Disadvantages: No leader; no feedback; not always helpful to individuals who are unable to stop use; no sense of safety or control for some individuals; not always enough in and of itself. Profile of persons most suitable for this type of treatment: Persons willing to stop abusing substances, open to peer support, and accepting of spirituality. Length of time: No time limit Outpatient Counseling/Psychotherapy: Counseling is an important aspect of the recovery continuum for many chemically dependent people. Psychotherapy also may be part of a treatment programwhether it is a residential or outpatient program. Psychotherapy is a technique for treating those with mental health or substance abuse disorders. PA Child Welfare Competency-Based Training Program. 309 An Introduction to Substance Abuse for Child Welfare Professionals. Handout 32, Page 1 of 6 The process involves helping the participant to identify problematic behaviors and / or feelings to address and resolve these conflicts. In dealing with chemically dependent individuals, the first goal of counseling is complete abstinence from all chemical substances. Others goals can be formulated with the client and typically include: a commitment to therapy, willingness to attend a 12-step/self-help group (AA, NA, etc.), possible involvement in therapy groups, avoiding acquaintances who are involved with drugs, staying out of bars and other places that send triggers for relapse, developing healthy life-styles (eating, sleeping, exercising), developing new support networks of friends who are drug free, taking healthier risks, and addressing self-esteem, personal, or family issues....
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This note was uploaded on 09/12/2011 for the course MHS 6450 taught by Professor Jones,k during the Summer '08 term at University of Central Florida.
- Summer '08