Case Study About Coprophilia and Substance Abuse

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Running head: CASE STUDY ABOUT COPROPHILIA AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Exploration in to a possible linkage between coprophilia and substance abuse. Micael Johansson
Pierce College
Abstract

This case study attempts to explore the correlation between coprophilia and substance abuse. The research seeks to determine the cause, effect, and treatment options for persons diagnosed with co-occurring disorders involving a paraphilia and substance abuse. The research is based on several interviews over a period of two months culminating in the hypothesis being created stating that “Persons acting out in paraphilia is of high risk for substance abuse.” The conclusions were drawn based on the answers given by the subject and the assessments done creating a time line that appears to suggest a correlation of the acting out behavior in early adolescence. Exploration in to a possible linkage between coprophilia and substance abuse. I - CASE HISTORY

1 - Background Information
Andrew is a 37 year old Caucasian heterosexual male. Andrew is currently working in the field of aerospace engineering having procured a masters degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona in 1997. Andrew stated having had no past or current medical problems and states having no known allergies. Andrew grew up in Tucson, AZ and moved to California after completing studies to gain employment. Andrew's parents divorced when he was 8 years old and he reports being a single child. Andrew grew up in his mother's house and he reports being close with both of his parents today. Andrew states he is not aware of any mental health issues in his family but reports having 2 uncles being addicted to alcohol and his father being an addict. Andrew stated his father is now in recovery. Andrew reported having started to use marijuana and alcohol as a teenager and currently uses amphetamine frequently and reports using 3.5 grams weekly and reports he used amphetamine for the first time in college to be able to study. Andrew stated the main reason he started using drugs was because he felt like a freak being a coprophiliac and using marijuana and alcohol took away those feelings. Andrew states using drugs has now become the primary problem and he has found himself unable to perform work duties. Andrew states he still practices coprophilia but reports having no real consequences from this behavior. Andrew gave permission for his case to be studied and submitted himself for questioning to be able to gain insight into the cause of his presenting problems. 2 - Presenting Problem

Andrew has not been able to stop using amphetamine and is in risk of losing his job as he is not able to fulfill his work duties due to being under the influence at work. Andrew reported having issues with being a coprophiliac and stated he felt “ashamed” and “like a freak” and he has never been able to share this problem with anyone because of the guilt and shame this area of his life has caused him. Andrew was screened for depression using the Beck's depression survey and scored an 18 and was recommended to attend a therapist or psychologist for further evaluation in regards to possible depression. Andrew completed an addiction severity index (ASI) and was deemed to be a suitable candidate for an intensive outpatient program (IOP) based on the score of 35 of 70.. Andrew stated he will make every effort to be abstinent from all mind-altering substances and will submit random urine analysis. Andrew appears to have been in the contemplative stage based on his own statements and appears to be ready to move into a preparation stage as evidenced by having not used amphetamine for the last 5 days. 3 - Diagnosis

AXIS I
304.40 Amphetamine Dependence
302.90 Paraphilia NOS
311 Depression NOS
AXIS II
V71.09
AXIS III
None Noted
AXIS IV
Impaired Employment, Lack of sober support
AXIS V
48

II – INTERVENTION
1 - Cognitive-Behavioral Approach

Andrew strive toward becoming congruent...
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