Response to Shannon
Does the community have an obligation to help individuals with addiction?
I do believe society has an obligation to help individuals with addiction. White (2010), states that peer support for addiction recovery spans from the 18th century. Throughout history there has been a partnership between recovery mutual aid societies and professionally directed treatment institutions (White, 2010). Recovery mutual aid societies have been founded inside treatment institutions and there is a long history of reciprocal referral of individuals between these two institutions (White, 2010). According to Jury and Smith (2016), state that although recovery is an individual process involving multiple pathways which takes place over time, common elements include relationships and support from others, hope and optimism about the future building a positive identity, finding a meaning in life, personal responsibility and control.
Three ways community support or a group approach may
According to Capuzzi and Stauffer (2016), groups have several important functions in substance abuse treatment, including education, therapy, and support. The influence of group members who have similar experiences is helpful in breaking down the denial frequency associated with addiction (Capuzzi & Stauffer, 2016). Group therapy also offers an opportunity for positive interpersonal exchange to replace isolated self-environment (Capuzzi & Stauffer, 2016). Finally, group treatment uses peer influence and motivation to enhance individual commitment to recovery (Capuzzi & Stauffer, 2016).
Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor in Florida
According to the Florida Certification Board (n.d.), a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) is an intermediate substance abuse credential for people who work side-by-side with clinical staff to develop and implement treatment plans, as well as provide specified substance abuse treatment services. To become a certified addiction counselor, one must accumulate 6,000 hours of supervised experience in alcohol and drug treatment; if you have an associate degree in Behavioral Sciences or higher, you only need 4,000 hours of supervised experience (Florida certification Board, n.d.). On must also accrue 250 hours of training in core areas of alcohol and drug treatment: clinical evaluation- 25 hours, treatment planning- 15 hours, referral to other alcohol and drug specialists- 5 hours, service coordination- 5 hours, alcohol and drug counseling of clients- 30 hours, client, family, and community education- 10 hours, case documentation- 10 hours, professional and ethical responsibilities- 30 hours, understanding addiction and treatment knowledge- 57 hours, application to practice and professional readiness- 57 hours, HIV/AIDS- 4 hours, and domestic violence- 2 hours (Florida certification Board, n.d.). If you have a high school diploma or a GED, you will need 300 hours of direct supervision; If you have an associate degree or higher, it is reduced to 150 hours of direct supervision (Florida Certification Board, n.d.). You will need three professional letters of reference, must sign the Florida Certification Board Code of Ethics, and pass the Florida alcohol and drug examination (Florida Certification Board, n.d.).
Response to Nataly
Response to Overcoming the struggle of addiction can be challenging for just about every one of our clients needing the help. I believe that the more help and motivational support our clients have throughout their rehabilitation journey, the easier it can be. It can be hard to pull through of not consuming a substance support they were so used to having and then just letting go. Clients may go through withdrawal, need medically-assisted detoxification, and experience intense cravings and compulsions that counselors have to help address, thus, counselors have to be trained in a verify of treatment modalities, such as behavioral interventions and cognitive therapies (Laschober, de Tormes Eby, & Sauer, 2013). Having the social support can contribute to them understanding the possibilities and beneficial reasons why it is so important to leave their addiction. As a society, we have an obligation to help individuals with addiction because at the end of the day it affects our social world and standing. Addiction can be anyone from someone in my family or a friend of a friend who may have a cousin who faces these challenges. The problem of addiction is everywhere therefore it can affect our children, schools, or work places, organizations, correctional facilities, and any other public entity, because of the availability of the substance and the aftermaths it can cause because of the population that is consuming the substance. For example, I may have a student who fails to attend school on a daily basis because the parent has an addiction problem. Because attendance is very important in the school system, then it becomes a legislative matter, where now courts are involved because student has failed to comply with state mandated attendance in a public school. Then it comes down to parent missing court and an appointed official reports to the home for a home visit, where student is found in a unsafe and dangerous environment where parent has made an obvious impression where they are under the influence of heavy substance. Then Child protective services become involved for the safety and protection of the child. As a society all parties in the social world are involved to have an obligation in helping to minimize addiction. The safety and awareness of minimizing addiction is an everyday initiative in just about every residential area. Teachers, parents, local churches, and other social setting help to advocate the cause of addiction and have enforced non-profit agencies along with free resources for families and individuals who may need the help or simply can refer it. The three ways that community support or a group approach may assist in the recovery of clients with problems with addiction are to build more resource availabilities, outreach campaigns, and public opportunity centers. Even though funding is not always available, there are several organizations that can be outreached to, to help contribute a day or some time to help establish these resources into effect. Task assistance involved educational activities, providing tangible advice, knowledge, coaching, skills, and solutions for clinicians’ practice. And support was related to workers’ emotional needs and job-related stress. Interaction referred to clinicians’ perceptions of the supervisory relationship and satisfaction (Bogo, Paterson, Tufford , & King, 2011). I believe the word of mouth is a great way to market and reach out to people that may need this kind of help. It takes time and dedication to make great things happen, but I firmly believe that the more we stress and empower the importance to minimize and help those with addiction, the more possibilities families, and individuals at young ages who are becoming part of this addiction population have an actual chance for a great future.
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