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Asked 28th Jan, 2020

Addiction, Mental Health & The Struggle In between - Help Is Needed?

My question is simple -
Do you want to help someone ?
Do you want to help change someones life for the better ?
Do you want to have an impact on lowering the suicide rate?
What would you do for someone you love? Anything..
The struggle of addiction and mental health is more prominent today than ever before. With suicide & mental health rates increasing everyday and the lack of information & resources out there required to help tackle and deal with these things are limited.
Granted that there are services out there that do help and do work but are not always easily accessible or in some cases to late. The world is changing and it is becoming more prominent that suicide and mental health are real issues that are being overlooked in some cases where they should not of been.
Change is needed to a better quality of service, information and care that is currently being provided.
Please help us with our research to understand more from holistic overview,
help us to help those that are indeed struggling but are not getting the attention that is required.
Link below is to the study :-
Thank You

Most recent answer

28th Feb, 2020
George Ernst
Grand View University
Help can only be given once the addict knows in the most internal sense that their lifestyle is not only hurting them, but also their entire social environment. Interventions are often without results - the addict must be willing to give up their vices and desires to pursue some form of spiritual solution. Programs with a 12-step format have the best chance at this. I know it, because I'm a recovering addict myself.
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30th Jan, 2020
Srini Vasan
University of New Mexico
I took the survey to help. A good piece of work!
I think addictions treatment should not just focus on the old model of abstinence and 12 steps. There are many newer techniques including acupuncture and holistic approaches which should be integrated into the treatment protocol. The old approach of "confront, confront..." does not work with every addict. Use of the "Stages for Change" model ( Prochaska and DiClemente) along with a full blown assessment of where the client is and their support system and beliefs is vital.
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28th Jan, 2020
Stephen I. Ternyik
Techno-Logos (Educatis.CH: Sharing knowledge among professionals.
Good work; I did finish your survey.
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28th Jan, 2020
Richard Kensinger
Mount Aloysius College
As a clinician and trainer I reinforce that the working therapeutic alliance is critical when delivering efficacious care. I also recommend at least 18 mos. of care continuity.
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30th Jan, 2020
Srini Vasan
University of New Mexico
I took the survey to help. A good piece of work!
I think addictions treatment should not just focus on the old model of abstinence and 12 steps. There are many newer techniques including acupuncture and holistic approaches which should be integrated into the treatment protocol. The old approach of "confront, confront..." does not work with every addict. Use of the "Stages for Change" model ( Prochaska and DiClemente) along with a full blown assessment of where the client is and their support system and beliefs is vital.
4 Recommendations
31st Jan, 2020
Jake Li
University of Michigan
Took the survey, it was well put together. I use mindfulness along with Navarra and Gottman's work on couples therapy while in recovery to help support social networks that are ameliorative and supportive. I believe that there should be continued wrap-around services along with work on building strong social / environmental supports for continued sobriety.
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28th Feb, 2020
George Ernst
Grand View University
Help can only be given once the addict knows in the most internal sense that their lifestyle is not only hurting them, but also their entire social environment. Interventions are often without results - the addict must be willing to give up their vices and desires to pursue some form of spiritual solution. Programs with a 12-step format have the best chance at this. I know it, because I'm a recovering addict myself.
1 Recommendation

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