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pregnancy substance abuse prevention

pregnancy substance abuse prevention Pregnancy is more likely to be unplanned and unacknowledged for women affected by substances. Women may continue to use drugs in pregnancy and deny any risk to the infant. They may have romantic and idealised ideas about motherhood and deny any potential problems. They may experience guilt and shame about the […]

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Adult Children of Substance Abusers

Adult Children of Substance Abusers For many students who’ve grown up with parents who had alcohol or drug problems, separation from home provides the fi rst opportunity to truly evaluate the impact of their parents’ substance abuse. Students’ own problems forming intimate relationships or developing a secure and confi dent identity may also spur self-refl […]

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group therapy activities for substance abuse

group therapy activities for substance abuse Group therapy, alone or in combination with individual psychotherapy, is a traditional mainstay of substance abuse services. In our experience, group therapy provides a mechanism for addressing the unfortunately easy campus acceptance of alcohol abuse as well as the widespread denial and minimization of substance abuse. When individual psychotherapy […]

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Psychotherapy with substance-abusing individuals

denial is commonplace, it is best to fi nd ways to avoid head-on collisions with the client. If, for example, the student starts out by saying, “I don’t drink half as much as my friends do,” it may be useful to say, “I believe you, although it actually doesn’t matter how much your friends drink. […]

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motivational interviewing and substance abuse

motivational interviewing and substance abuse Motivational interviewing is a brief counseling technique that provides a research-supported foundation for eff ective substance abuse treatment. In their book Motivational Interviewing, Miller and Rollnick (1991) use the acronym FRAMES to summarize the key elements of eff ective brief counseling: Feedback Communicating the fi ndings of assessment is necessary […]

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how to help people with substance abuse

how to help people with substance abuse  Seek information about the substances that the person you care for is using and discuss with him or her treatment or management options available  You should keep in mind that total abstinence from the substance misuse should be seen as a long-term goal. Gradual reduction in […]

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the reason for substance abuse

the reason for substance abuse A lot of people will use coffee, alcohol or tobacco to experience pleasure, or to help with unpleasant emotional or physical feelings. Sometimes people use substances such as illegal drugs or alcohol in such amounts that they interfere with their physical and/or mental well-being and can contribute to the development […]

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loss productivity from substance abuse

loss productivity from substance abuse Research in both civilian and military settings shows a clear relationship between substance abuse and productivity loss. Military concerns over substance abuse by military personnel emerged during the 1970s with the recognition of the problem of drug use among troops during the Vietnam War. These concerns intensifi ed following the […]

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substance abuse treatment interventions

substance abuse treatment interventio Parenting Interventions in Substance Abuse Treatment A woman’s relationship with her children and her identity as a mother play a vital role in her sense of self. Many women view parenting as the central purpose in their lives (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 2000). Improving parenting improves outcomes for […]

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Substance Abuse and the Child Welfare System

Substance Abuse and the Child Welfare System Estimates suggest that up to 50–80 % of parents who are involved with the child welfare system have substance abuse problems Children living in homes with substance abuse have a higher risk of maltreatment and neglect due to parental inability to provide adequate shelter, care, and economic stability […]

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