Social Models of addiction

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For this assignment, imagine you are a family therapist working in an addictive behavior treatment program. A case study will be selected for you, to represent your "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 social models of addiction. This section sets the stage for the next sections.
  • Applications of Social Models—In this section:
    • Apply your understanding of one or more of the social models of addiction (such as family systems and mutual-help groups) to your client. Do client demographics and history suggest that your client would benefit from a social model of addiction? Based on your interpretation, what social model treatment strategies might you recommend for this client?
  • Sociocultural Factors and the Social Models—In this section:
    • Describe how sociocultural factors (family structure, family roles, family systems, peer influence, community support) affect the client's addictive behavior from the perspective of the social models. Does the media present social models of addiction with the same support shown to the medical, pharmaceutical, and recovery industries?
    • Describe sociocultural 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 social models of addiction.
  • Sociocultural Factors and Professional Development—Finally, in this section:
    • Describe how awareness of sociocultural factors affects your professional development. How have your professional beliefs been affected by media portrayals of the disease model? Do you believe race, education, economic status, or neighborhood quality affect one's chances of becoming addicted? Do you believe family structure, family roles, family systems, peer pressure, and community support affect one's chances of becoming addicted, or recovering from addiction? How might the adoption of a specific model of addiction (disease, psychological, social) affect your chances for employment as an addiction professional? Provide examples to support your best critical thinking.

    • Special Instructions:
  • Create a 3 page essay in APA format according to the instructions above. Use 3 scholarly sources for references. Be sure to utilize in-text citations. The case selected for you will be linked in the attachment below.

Tutor Answer

School: Cornell University


Running head: SOCIAL MODELS


Social Models
Student’s Name
Institutional Affiliation


Social Models

Client’s identification of demographic factors
The client under consideration is a young male aged 26 years. The client is an
undergraduate and has not yet been able to secure a job, therefore has no source of income. This
is relevant to the social model of addition because the client is single where he professes to have
been a Christian throughout his life, even though he rarely attends the church services. Checking
the client, it can be noted that there is Addictive behavior history whereby, the client has a
history of the process through which he got into the addiction of drugs. It starts way from the
time in the campus. After joining college, the client met various friends from various
backgrounds. He made friends with quite a number of them. At the time of getting to college, the
client never used any form of hard drugs, though he indicates to have used a little among of
alcohol. He was introduced into the habit of abusing drugs by some of his friends while still on
the campus. Within a year, he was already a normal drug user, (Heilig et al, 2016). However, the
situation worsened after the client left college and could not be able to secure a job. In this case,
he turned into drugs, most of which have been the hard drugs. The addiction has developed over
time due to the excessive use of the drugs, largely contributed by the depression of lacking a job
opportunity even after graduating from college.
Social Models applications
Understanding of one or more social models of the client
The model introduced to the client under consideration is the ranch program social
model. This is a social model that requires the client to be immersed in a group of similar clients
who a...

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Tutor went the extra mile to help me with this essay. Citations were a bit shaky but I appreciated how well he handled APA styles and how ok he was to change them even though I didnt specify. Got a B+ which is believable and acceptable.

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