Disease Model Treatment Program

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For this assignment, imagine you are a counselor working in a disease model treatment program. A case study will be selected for you. The person in your selected case study will represent the "client" who is seeking help from your program.


Complete the following sections for this assignment:

  • Introduction—In this section of the paper:
    • Identify the client from the case study and briefly summarize the client's demographic characteristics and addictive behavior history that are relevant to the disease models of addiction. This section sets the stage for the next sections.
  • Applications of Disease ModelsIn this section:
    • Apply your understanding of the disease models of addiction to your client. Do client demographics and history suggest that your client suffers from a disease of addiction? Based on your interpretation, what disease model treatment strategies might you recommend for this client?
  • Sociocultural Factors and the Disease Models—Finally, in the last section:
    • Describe how sociocultural factors ("medicalization" of addictions through diagnoses, medical treatment, pharmacotherapy, genetic influences, brain scans, and media portrayal of addictions) may affect the client's perception of the problem and the addictive behavior.
    • Describe factors that may contribute to the addictive behavior as well as factors that may be helpful in overcoming the addiction from the perspective of the disease models of addiction.
    Special Instructions:
  • Create a 2 page essay in APA format according to the instructions above. Use 2 scholarly sources for references. Be sure to utilize in-text citations. The case study to use for the assignment will be located in the link below.

CASE 4 Candace James is 28 years old and has never been married. After admission to the emergency room from a beating received while trying to obtain crack, she has been referred to treatment. DEMOGRAPHICS AND COMORBIDITY 28–year–old single Caucasian female, never married, chronic history of physical and sexual abuse by men, diagnosed with Post–Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). SOCIOCULTURAL FACTORS Unemployed, lives in a poorly maintained government–subsidized housing project. Receives disability payments for mental health issues. Graduated high school with good grades but never pursued further education. No contact with parents or siblings, who live out of state. No religious affiliation. ADDICTION HISTORY Began drinking alcohol in high school with peers, alcohol use increased when abuse from boyfriends began, eventually tried crack cocaine and began a vicious cycle of crack use and further exploitation and abuse by men when under the influence or seeking drugs. TREATMENT HISTORY No previous treatment history for addictive behavior. REASON FOR SEEKING TREATMENT Ended up in emergency room of local hospital after being beaten and sexually abused when attempting to trade sex for crack. Referred to treatment by hospital social worker.

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Disease models of addiction
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Disease models of addiction
The client is a 28-year-old Caucasian female by the name of Candice James. She is
unmarried and has a history of chronic addiction to alcohol and cocaine. Her alcohol
consumption began in high school and increased when abuse from boyfriends began. She then
tried crack cocaine and became an addict. Furthermore, she suffered exploitation and abuse from
men in the search for the drugs. She has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Application of disease models
My understanding of the disease is the fact that addiction can be described as a disease
with a biological, neurological, environmental and genetic source of origin. From the
demographic and addiction history, it is clear that Candice suffers from addiction. This is fueled
by sexual exploitation and abuse by men and peer influence which are the most likely cause of
The strategy chosen should focus on stopping the use of drugs and making the client a
better and productive person. First of all, behavioral counseling should be done. This can involve
individual or group counseling. The main aim is to change the client’s attitude and behavior in

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