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Patient A has been diagnosed with alcohol dependence or alcoholism. Alcoholism may be treated as a substance dependence disorder characterized by behavior patterns resulting from uncontrolled use of alcohol and continued, or even increased, use, often despite awareness that the substance is disrupting one's life.

Take a behavioral approach:

Question 1: What might be a potential cause of A's alcoholism?

X

a.

metabolic problems related to the absorption of alcohol

 

b.

learned behaviors around drinking

X

c.

an inability to think through the consequences of drinking

X

d.

a distorted attitude about the impact of drinking behavior


Answer: A behavioral approach views learned behaviors around drinking as the cause of alcoholism.

Question 2: What might you examine to better understand A's alcoholism?

X

a.

A's dreams

X

b.

A's irrational beliefs that fuel drinking behaviors

 

c.

A's drinking behaviors that have been reinforced over time

X

a.

A's cultural background and its views on drinking


Answer: A behavioral approach might examine how A's drinking behaviors have been reinforced over time.

Question 3: Which treatment might you prescribe for A?

 

a.

strategies to increase A's healthy behaviors while decreasing unhealthy drinking behaviors

X

b.

a journal in which A tracks feelings for the therapist that develop over the course of treatment

X

c.

long-term therapy to help A release difficult feelings and thoughts

X

d.

medication to decrease anxiety and its resultant drinking behaviors


Answer: A behavioral treatment approach might include strategies to increase healthy behaviors while decreasing unhealthy behaviors.


Next, take a cognitive approach.





 

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