Respond to the following: In Discussion Question 2, you examined the various viewpoints on causes and treatments for substance abuse. With which viewpoint or viewpoints do you agree most? Why?
Provide specific examples of causal factors and treatments outlined by the respective theoretical viewpoints.
Psychodynamic is the view point I agree with the most for the explanation of substance abuse. Although, the environment a person lives in plays a vital role in how they view these instances. I believe it begins in an early age of how we are raised that will determine our self-esteem levels which further determines whether we are susceptible to excessively using drugs or alcohol. Personally, I believe that is how addicts get hooked but, for a person to try these drugs to begin with has much to do with the way they were raised. As a child we are educated about the affects of addictive drugs because, most schools have a seminar on them. Even our parents teach us the difference between right and wrong. I believe that as kids we need a home that is loving, secure, and with minimal stress to fulfill all of our emotional needs. According to “Addictioninfo.org" (n.d.), “In its brief form, a psychodynamic approach enables the client to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past dysfunctional relationships and manifest themselves in the need and desire to abuse substances” (Chapter 7 Brief Psychodynamic Theory). Some examples of this view point would be some of the problems that a person has that they are not consciously aware of so they avoid them by getting and a high that substitutes for the solution to the problem.
Addictioninfo.org. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.addictioninfo.org/articles/689/1/Brief-Psychodynamic-Therapy/Page1.html