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Treatment of substance abuse disorders

Controversy surrounding the treatment of substance abuse disorders with other substances extends from the
most basic to the philosophical. Some health care providers focus on the removal of all substances to address
the addiction and argue that complete abstinence is the only real option. They believe that no medications
should be given (except to save one’s life) during treatment for substance abuse. Many mental health
professionals, particularly in America, hold these views. In contrast to removing all substances, others focus on
the ability of the client to function. Many programs support the belief that addicts can live normal lives with
controlled use of substances.
How do these opposing views in the treatment of addiction clients affect the addiction mental health practice?
How does the mental health professional working with addiction prepare and support the mental health care
team and the client? How do programs like the 12-step Narcotics Anonymous program compare with other
approaches as far as research results?
For this Discussion, select a medication used in treating substance abuse disorders. Then, conduct a search
for any controversy surrounding the use of this medication in treating substance abuse disorders and prepare
to defend its use.
By Day 3
Post a description of the major actions, intended effects, and side effects of your selected medication. Explain
controversy surrounding the use of this medication in treating substance abuse disorders. Defend the effective
use of this medication and support your defense with evidence from the Learning Resources or from your
personal research.