What does it mean when we say that someone's drug or alcohol use is a ... "problem?"
The first step towards successful substance use intervention is getting clear about what it means when we say that someone's alcohol or drug use is a problem.
Unfortunately, there's a lot of confusion about what it means to have a "problem," and that confusion can end up causing a lot of problems in a lot of people's lives.
"Understanding Substance Use Disorder" is a cutting-edge online course that provides a uniquely effective solution for helping families identify where substance use fits in the scope of whatever presenting problems they may be experiencing. It clears up all of the most common areas of misinformation and denial that typically arise when addressing a substance use issue with a loved one:
- Differences between social use and a having a "problem"
- Causes of addiction
- Is marijuana addictive?
- Substance use or underlying mental health issues—what do you treat first?
- Keys to successful treatment and how to avoid relapse
WHO THIS COURSE IS FOR
Parents of teens or young adults:
- Addressing a potential problem
- Dealing with denial
- Overreacting? Just a phase?
- Go through the course with your child: Everybody on the same page!
Families with a loved one in treatment:
- Gain understanding of what your loved one is going through
- Tools for effective treatment support
- Improved treatment outcomes
- Relief: Validates your own experience
A valuable resource to provide for your own clients when substance use is part of the presenting problem:
- Educational Consultants
- Social Workers
Note: This course is an important resource for professional development as well. The more informed you are as a professional, the more effective you'll be in dealing with denial on the part of the clients you're working with.
AVOIDING COMMON BARRIERS TO EFFECTIVE INTERVENTION
One of the biggest problems we face when it comes to dealing with substance use issues is denial. But the solution to denial is simply being informed—whether you're a family member or a professional.
This brings us right back to making sure we're clear about what it means to have a drug or alcohol problem. And that's exactly what you'll get from this course—which until now has only been available to families as part of my RehabWorks program. I'm excited now to make it available to the general public as a standalone course, as I know how much this can help families who are struggling to address a substance use issue with a loved one.
What's The Problem?
Addressing Early Stage Substance Use With Teens And Young Adults
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