Week 7 dq 1 386 response 5
Hello Professor Morris and Classmates,
I think many of us can relate to having seen addiction in our lives. Whether it’s our friends, our family, or even ourselves. I appreciate that we get the chance within topic 7 to understand addiction on a deeper level. Within our textbook, the author explains different aspects of what is considered addiction, who is affected, how it develops,. etc. Some characteristics of addictive populations in regards to behavior were explained as: “The addiction is characterized by impairment in behavioral control, craving, inability to consistently abstain, and diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships. Like other chronic diseases, addiction can involve cycles of relapse and remission.” (Dale, O., & Smith, R., 2013, p.517)

I don’t personally work with these populations yet, but I have an aunt in Tacoma, WA who works in an outpatient rehabilitation facility downtown and when I spoke with her about some of the difficulties that she faces, she mentioned that the biggest difficulties would be that many times, the people she works with don’t want the help. She explained that more often than not they are entering these outpatient programs due to a recommendation from a judge, or because family members and friends put pressure on them to get help. Additionally, she mentioned that often times, it’s difficult because she works with patients who are making so much progress in their treatment and relapse. Relapse is expected and part of the process but I imagine it’s difficult and heartbreaking to see all the same.

“Symbolic interactionism also suggests that our identity or sense of self is shaped by social interaction. We develop our self-concept by observing how others interact with us a label us. By observing how others view us, we see a reflection ourselves that Cooley calls the “looking glass self.” (Mooney, L. A., Knox, D., and Schacht, C., 2007) I would say that this theoretical perspective would be appropriate to see how sense of self, social interactions and the meaning we place on those interactions is related to addiction.


Dale, O., & Smith, R. (2013). Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice. Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Social Systems Theory (7th ed., pp. 1-32). Pearson Education, Inc.

Mooney, L. A., Knox, D., and Schacht, C. (2007). Understanding Social Problems (5th ed.) https://laulima.hawaii.edu/access/content/user/kfrench/sociology/The%20Three%20Main%20Sociological%20Perspectives.pdf

Week 7 dq 1 response 6 386
Hello Professor Morris/Class,
According to Verywell Mind, “Addiction is a chronic brain condition influenced by genes and the environment that is characterized by substance use or compulsive actions that continue despite harmful consequences” ( Hartney, 2021) The challenges of working with clients that are living with substance abuse, is to convince them that addiction is treatable, but they must have the desire to change. There are several theories that model addiction. The theoretical perspective that I think is most appropriate for working with this population is social learning model and cognitive behavior. According to  Human Behavior and the Social Environment, the social learning model helps to increase a person’s sense of self efficacy (Dale & Smith, 2013). Whereas, cognitive behavioral therapy is used to encourage addicts to give up the euphoric recall and accept that they cannot go back to using normally, and it  reduces the risk of relapse among drug abusers (Dale & Smith, 2013).
Thank you,
Dale, O., & Smith, R. (2013). Human behavior and social environment: Social systems theory. Pearson. ISBN-13: 9780205036486
Hartney, E. (2021, February 5). How to know the symptoms of an addiction. Verywell Mind. https://www.verywellmind.com/addiction-4157312#citation-4

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