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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 an existential/humanistic approach:

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

X

a.

inability to resist peer pressure to drink

 

b.

lack of healthy personal relationships

X

c.

addictive personality

X

d.

poor diet that increases alcohol cravings


Answer: An existential/humanistic approach might view A's lack of healthy personal relationships as a potential cause of alcoholism.

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

X

a.

A's childhood traumas

X

b.

the onset of A's drinking

X

c.

environmental influences that might lead A to drink

 

d.

A's unexpressed feelings that interfere with psychological well-being


Answer: An existential/humanistic approach might examine A's unexpressed feelings that interfere with psychological well-being.

Question 3: Which treatment might you prescribe for A?

 
X

a.

electroconvulsive therapy that stimulates the parts of A's brain involved in addiction

b.

therapy that involves listening, reflecting, and sometimes restating A's evaluative statements and feelings

X

c.

therapy that requires A to end relationships that interfere with her or his well-being

X

d.

behavioral goals for A to achieve over the course of treatment


Answer: An existential/humanistic treatment approach might include listening, reflecting and sometimes restating A's evaluative statements and feelings.


Well done. To learn more on topics, explore Program 21: Psychopathology and Program 22: Psychotherapy.





 

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