BeingUnderstanding, Supportive, and Getting it Right
Itis clear that those who are troubling with addiction need uttermostcare and understanding in the journey of abstinence. Chapters 5, 6,7 and 8 concentrate mainly on understanding the patients’ desiresand problems and coming up with a suitable plan for recovery.
Inthe screening process, the writer reinstates the importance ofgetting it right about the patients’ problem and creating a rapportof trust for patients to open up for screening. The approach shouldbe holistic in establishing confidence, and getting to know thepatient better. This can be done by guaranteeing the client that theprocess is a routine procedure, being honest, listening to theclient’s concerns and assuring the client that the informationprovided will be confidential (Miller, Forcehimes, & Zweben,2011).
Afterscreening, it is important to understand the problem at hand betterand find possible solutions, which will produce information that willbe essential in formulating change goals and plans. In theevaluation, you get a deeper insight of your client by finding outthe nature of substance use, its severity and problems that resultthereof, client`s resources and strengths, functional analysis andthe motivation for change (Miller, Forcehimes, & Zweben, 2011).With this information, it becomes easier to visualize the client’sworld, and from there a change plan, which considers the client’sstrengths and weakness, can easily be formulated.
Indiagnosis, the most appropriate treatment is suggested afterestablishing the seriousness of a condition. Diagnosis can be madewith two classification systems, DSM, and ICD, which are updatedperiodically to capture all possible conditions of patients.
Inhealth care needs and detoxification program, the patient faces a lotof problems depending on the level of drug use. In the process ofdetoxification, the physician has to carry out an evaluation processto determine the drugs in one’s system and then screen for possiblepsychiatric or medical condition that could complicate the withdrawalprocess (Miller, Forcehimes, & Zweben, 2011). In this stage, itis also about knowing the patient better. Drugs have differentwithdrawal episodes there are those that are difficult compared toothers. In the process of detoxification, a lot of understanding andsupport need to be dedicated to patients as they experience thereverse of what the drugs made them feel.
Intreatment plan, the effort being directed towards an individual andthe care does not stop at the completion of treatment. Follow up onthe patient is needed as recovery from the addiction is a long andcontinuous journey (Miller, Forcehimes, & Zweben, 2011). Thepalliative care, stabilization, rehabilitation, and maintenancechange plan procedures, revolve around care and support of a patient.Here, the goals of the patient are negotiated with the procedures toreach them.
Finally,in “case management,” the article stresses the importance ofpaying attention to various problems that accompany substance use,such as employment, family, financial and emotional problems (Miller,Forcehimes, & Zweben, 2011). Thus, it is necessary to addressthem, as failing to do so, puts the patient at increased risk foreither continuing to use or starting again.
Chapters5, 6, 7 and 8 revolve around the idea of being caring, supportive andgetting it right about the issues that affect patients. We also learnthat the process is continuous and involves a holistic approach.
Miller, W. R.,Forcehimes, A. A., & Zweben, A. (2011). Treatingaddiction:A guideline for professional.Ney York, NY: Guilford Press.