Sociology Discussion

| December 19, 2015

• Literature Analysis
For this discussion, share with you fellow learners what you consider to be key findings and assertions from the article you selected in

this unit’s reading. Be sure to include a discussion of the population, assessment instrument if applicable, and whether or not you think

this is compelling research that would aid you as both a scholar and a practitioner. Also, indicate any ethical concerns you might have

regarding to the conducted research.
• Response Guidelines
Respond to the posting of at least one learner. How did your analysis differ from that of your fellow learners?
The Project Connect is a program designed to meet the needs of reducing morbidity and mortality among women with infants (Randolph &

Sherman, 1993). The program was designed using a partnership or collaborative of community providers to produce a holistic approach for

women and infants. Connect utilized research from the State of New York which saw a high percentage of infants not receiving appropriate

care which led to infants having disabilities or dying. However, the State realized it could not service the community by itself. It did

not have the resources however other providers in the community were servicing the same target population and could partner with health

professionals. The approach as a collaborative would be more effective than working in silos (Randolph & Sherman, 1993).
The target population, pregnant women and infants in three particular areas of New York City had the highest population of mortality. The

statistics were apparently large enough the State conducted assessments to not only find gaps in services but to find other resources to

assist in the program to hopefully reduce the percentages of infant mortality. The community research is a grass-roots approach to

gather data, resources and information to produce conclusions (Randolph & Sherman, 1993). This type of research is compelling due to the

raw information being received directly from the providers. This type of assessment or research could aid a person who is a practitioner

or a scholar when attempting to identify effective strategies.

• Course Wrap-up

During this course, we have covered a wealth of information. As you think about what you have learned, note two factors that you will be

able to use in your community for working with holistic approaches to addiction or compulsive behaviors. Include how your views might have

been changed or influenced by the course content.
• This post has to be a minimum of 250 words. Below is some info about this course that you can use.
The title of this course was Contemporary Issues in Compulsive and Addictive Behavior Treatment.
Addiction treatment programs have been evolving over time toward using a more holistic public health model framework for prevention, early

intervention, and disease management. Taking concepts from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one model of substance abuse

prevention, intervention, and treatment addresses the concepts of agent-host-environment in a similar manner as the model used for

contagious and infectious diseases, preventable injuries, violence, and trauma (CDC, 2015; National Prevention, Health Promotion, and

Public Health Council, 2011; Sleet, Dahlberg, Basavaraju, Merch, McGuire, & Greenspan, 2011). All of these concepts are considered to be

issues that represent an epidemic. Certainly youth drug abuse, DUI accidents and injuries, abuse of pain medications, and a variety of

non-substance related process addictions such as gambling, Internet addiction, eating disorders, sexual and pornography addictions, and

other behavior patterns that negatively impact a person’s social and occupational functioning can be viewed as growing problems impacting

The development of addiction treatment programs has been linked to early programs for helping those with alcoholism, such as the model of

Alcoholics Anonymous, which was started in 1933 by a physician and a business man (Wilson, 2001). From early programs, addiction treatment

philosophies and services have evolved through the American Medical Association first classifying addiction as a disease in 1956 (Block,

1956; Kruse, 1956; Mann, 1958). More recently, practice models and philosophies have been shaped by the American Society of Addiction

Medicine (ASAM) criteria for assessing risk factors and categories as well as identifying appropriate levels of care (Mee-Lee, 2013).
This course addresses the many changes that have occurred in the science of treatment delivery to persons presenting with addictive and

compulsive behaviors. These treatment changes have been the result of radical societal changes. This course also addresses organizational

and community practice issues that shape prevention and treatment processes across a continuum, including the need for organizational and

community strategic planning for better integration of services.
Consider the interpersonal and domestic consequences of the events of the past fifteen years. The increasing numbers of Americans residing

in the criminal justice system and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are consequences and part of the economic, sociocultural aftermath of

the events of September 11, 2001.
Along with these events is the rapidly increasing capacity for mental health professionals to recognize, diagnose, and treat disorders and

addictive illnesses. In a world where everything is in flux, the approaches to the treatment of addictive and compulsive behaviors are in

transition as well. However, many times individual, community, and resource barriers interrupt treatment. As anyone currently in practice

understands, many people who need treatment cannot afford it. Moreover, if a person is fortunate enough to have the resources to approach

treatment, he or she is often likely to discover a punitive response from an employer or limited family support when seeking treatment.

For many people, the treatment barriers are as simple as the lack of public transportation or the inability to find adequate child care.

For others, the barriers are more daunting. Life struggles seem too overwhelming, the pressures insurmountable, and treatment sometimes

ineffective. The solutions to these problems must be addressed in our approach to public policy, and our consideration of prevention as

well as treatment. This is an area of practice in need of your professional investment, talent, and focus.
The purpose of this course is to provide you with an opportunity to survey information relevant to the subjects of addiction and

compulsive behavior treatment. Throughout the course, you will examine the nature, history, and treatment of addictive and compulsive

behaviors with the clear expectation that you will find the content practical and applicable to your own practice. We will integrate

theory, research, and practical knowledge to deepen your skills as an addictive and compulsive behavior treatment professional.

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