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Drug Abuse Treatment

The purpose of this case study is to describe and analyze the behaviour of the person going through drug abuse treatment, causes of drug abuse and reasons why this problem emerged, and the reasons which made the person to go into drug abuse treatment. Although the case study is fictional, it describes realistic causes and behaviors of patients suffering from drug abuse.

John is 35 years old, he is divorced, and he worked as a pharmacist prior to the time when his drug abuse was discovered. He suffers from drug abuse – painkiller taking. John used to drink hard in high school, because he suffered from low self-esteem and felt insecure; these problems affected his sexual performance and personal relationships most of all. Although alcohol did not help him to solve the problem, John felt easier after taking 6-7 drinks and stopped self-loathing.

John managed to finish medical school and got a job as a pharmacist; later on he married, but his drinking was becoming harder and harder. When his wide decided to divorce and left, John felt strong emotional pain and started taking painkillers. At first, he was using legal drugs which were prescribed to him after visiting health care clinic. However, John discovered that he could write illegal prescriptions for himself, and started using more and more painkillers, because these drugs allowed him to distance from emotional pain (Miller & Miller, 2009).

John started having blackouts and started neglecting his work responsibilities as well as personal relationships and social responsibilities. His hygiene became impaired, he suffered from insomnia and started eating less than usual. John’s sensibility has increased (Berglund & Thelander & Jonsson, 2003), and his reaction to most events was more emotional than ever before. Low energy and depressed mood followed John all the time except the moments when painkillers affected his mental state, and therefore he started taking them more and more. John’s behavior attracted the attention of his colleagues, and they discovered falsification of prescriptions. John was arrested and was forced to pass through a drug treatment, although he denied his problems. Thus, the first goal of the treatment is to make John aware of his problem. Furthermore, such therapies as cognitive behavioral therapy and motivation therapy (Plotnik & Kouyoumdjian, 2010) along with detoxification activities.



Berglund, M. & Thelander, S. & Jonsson, E. (2003). Treating alcohol and drug abuse: an evidence based review. Wiley-VCH.
Miller, P.M. & Miller, P.M. (2009). Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment. Academic Press.
Plotnik, R & Kouyoumdjian, H. (2010). Introduction to Psychology. Cengage Learning.