June 25, 2014
Dr. Charles Flowers
Using the five steps
Step 1: What is the problem?
Family member who is an alcoholic.
Step 2: What are the alternatives?
Self-awareness, treatment for alcoholism, and research medical journals.
Step 3: What are the advantages and/or disadvantages of each alternative?
Acknowledge the addiction, attending local alcoholics’ anonymous meetings, and learning why people turn to self-medication.
Step 4: What is the solution?
Enlighten the family member on the dangers of alcohol, getting them to admit they have a problem, and convincing them to seek treatment.
Step 5: How well is the solution working?
In my experience, I have found that most addicts do not want to see that they are being destructive or that they are having a problem.
Write a 100- to 150- word reflection about this process. How did this process help you devise a solution? How can you use this process with future problems? Will this work for all problems you face? Why or why not?
This process was overwhelming but it helped me to see that there is a solution to all problem’s in life. Problems are opportunities to make some good things happen. It's hard to assign a value for any problem, because for each situation, one of the criteria may strongly outweigh the others. Planning lets you be sure you have taken care of all of the details. Planning helps you save time, energy, and resources in the long run. Even if there are some unwanted results, you may well decide that the benefits outweigh the negatives. As when you're taking medication, you'll put up with the side effects to cure the disease. But be sure you go into the process with your eyes open to the real costs of solving the problem at hand.