Issue 7: Should Abstinence Be the Goal for Treating People with Alcohol Problems?

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Critical Issue Analysis (Tamara Hayes)

Week 4…… Issue 7: Should Abstinence Be the Goal for Treating People with Alcohol Problems?

After reading the selected critical issue, use the following questions to analyze the issue. 1. What are at least two facts presented by each side of the critical issue? YES FACT 1: Studies show that about half of people wanting to stop drinking are successful (Halgen, 2009). Fact 2: Abstinence is the goal for treatment on alcohol not just the twelve step program. NO FACT 1: Alcoholic experts state that most drunk driving offenders are not alcoholics. Yet they are presently the largest group of people in a court order program. FACT 2: A study in 1990 found that more three quarters of two hundred randomly selected treatment programs saw controlled drinking as an unaccepted goal” (Halgen, 2009, p. 184).

2. What are at least two opinions presented by each side of the critical issue?

• YES Opinion 1: Abstinence does not mean the recovery alcoholic will have a life of sadness due to feeling deprived. Opinion 2: Because of how hard abstinence is, it might take more than one attempt to stop (Halgen, 2009).

NO Opinion 1: Not all people who abuse alcohol are alcoholics. Opinion 2: There can be abusers of alcohol, who are people drinking irresponsible and who are not alcoholics (Halgen, 2009)..

3. What are some of the strengths associated with the Pro side of the issue? What are some of the weaknesses?

Strength: A strong argument for abstinence is that if one has trouble controlling their drinking then how would one modify it. Weakness: Yet AA will also say that if you are a moderate alcoholic then you should be able to modify your drinking. I just get this statement. I do not see people as little alcoholics. This I would consider to be the weaker side of defending abstinence.

4. What are some of the strengths associated with the Con side of the issue? What are some of...
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