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Army Push To Increase Social Worker’s Numbers

Posted By: wbhazel1 on September 18, 2011 at 7:37 pm

In general society the use of alcohol is often used in a ritualistic fashion. It is used to celebrate, commiserate, in good times and bad as either an inhibitor or coping strategy. Often the use does not signify a problem except when it does. How do trained clinicians in substance use disorder treatment recognize or in counselor speak diagnose when the drinking becomes problematic or fall into the category of misuse? Is it the amount one drinks or how often? Actually the answers to these oft misconceived notions may surprise you. According to The DSM IV-TR or Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Fourth Edition Text Revised (Clinician’s Bible) if you will that is not what constitutes a diagnosable condition.

What we helping professionals look for in examining patients is common to the social work profession, the Ecological Perspective or Person in Environment.

What is the result of the person’s drinking or what do they do when they drink?

Does the drinker neglect their bills, domestic, educational  or job responsibilities? Is the drinker fighting with their spouse, particularly over their use of alcohol (or ANY other substance)?

Are they often late for work, leave early or have issues with their boss or coworkers?

Are these issues related to their use?

Do they get arrested for issues while under the influence such as DWI/DUI, assaultive situations within their community?

Have they desired to stop drinking  and maybe stopped for certain periods of time or even reduced their drinking but always went back?

When the person has stopped or slowed down was there a physical or mental effect on them such as excessive perspiration, shakes, increased heart rate or breathing?

Did the individual spend the major part of their day in thinking about, acquiring, using or recovering from the use of alcohol or the other substance?

We social workers, not to take anything from other helping professionals review this criteria and make a determination. All helping professionals utilize these criteria to diagnose and create treatment plans but social workers do this process for every client with whom we come in contact.

The Army is on a push to increase the numbers or ranks of these professionals and have been for several years (I’ve seen documents going back to 2006). They can’t figure out why they aren’t being inundated yet. Here are three recent articles two from last month and the other from last year.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2010-02-09-treatment-army-alcohol_N.htm

http://armylive.dodlive.mil/index.php/2011/08/needed-army-substance-abuse-counselors/

http://www.dodlive.mil/index.php/2011/08/army-urgent-to-hire-130-substance-abuse-counselors-asap/

    Filed Under: Abuse , Addiction Therapy , Anger , Anger Management , Anxiety / Stress , Anxiety Therapy , Bereavement-Grief , Depression , Depression Therapy , Difficult Emotions , Family Treatment , Identity Issues , Individual Treatment , Low Self Esteem , Marriage & Relationship , Marriage and Family Therapist , Panic Attack Therapy , Pre-Marital Counseling , Professional Counselor , Psychiatry , Psychology , PTSD / Trauma , Relationship Problems , Social Phobia Treatment , Social Work , Trust Issues , Unresolved Childhood Issues , Violence , Work Related Issues
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