By Arthur W. Blume
A part of the hot Treating Addictions sequence, Treating Drug difficulties is stuffed with functional info on assessing, diagnosing, and treating drug difficulties, and represents a useful software for somebody who works with consumers experiencing drug dependence or habit. the preferred sequence structure comprises review scales; tables, checklists, and diagrams; beneficial properties reminiscent of "Dos and Don'ts" and "Important issues to Remember"; problem-solving situations; "Self-Improvement Techniques"; and steered assets, together with an annotated bibliography and lists of contacts comparable to self-help teams, residential and outpatient therapy courses, help teams, and internet sites.
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5. Have you used drugs even when you thought it was a bad idea or after they had caused you some major problems or hardships? 6. Do you have regrets, guilt, shame, or other negative feelings about your recent drug use? 7. Have you used drugs in situations that were very risky for you? If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, and you are currently using drugs, then you may want to consider getting a professional evaluation, just to be on the safe side. Another possible contributor to loss of control may be the experience of cravings, discussed previously.
Some clients report using drugs to seek relief or escape from the environmental stressors related to prejudice and cultural shock. Others have candidly told me that their drug use was an act of defiance toward what they consider to be an oppressive majority society. In addition, societal expectations about substance use seem to be related to the susceptibility of societal members to experience drug-related problems. Many respected researchers believe that exposure to responsible substance use in society early in life may promote more moderate substance use in those societies where such behavior is sanctioned.
Although not as much research has been concerned with the use of substances other than alcohol, I certainly have met people who had problems with “harder” drugs earlier in life who were using nothing stronger than marijuana recreationally later in life. If nothing else, this controversy has taught researchers and clinicians alike that not all drug problems are the same, and therefore that not all drug problems should be treated in the same way. Progression Some people who do not mature out of their drug problems may eventually use drugs continuously with progressively worsening problems.