Ecstasy Drug and Dual Diagnosis Mental Health Illnesses Discussion Posts

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Posted by DINIKA T Lesson 13

After reading the course material I found out more information about the drug called Ecstasy. This information interests me because other than hearing about it on rap songs I honestly didn’t know anything about it. I have heard several people discuss this drug like it was no big deal. After reading this material I can see why others tend to sugarcoat this drug. One reason is because their isn’t concrete evidence to support any long term conclusions. I feel like this drug is accepted in many communities because many performers mention it in their songs.This drug has the ability to give you stamina and the serotonin is transmitted through your brain and this is how this drug effects your mind. It is said that because of these rewards people can become addicted to this drug. In my opinion if you have certain traits your more vulnerable to become addicted to anything. I was surprised that more studies haven’t been done to learn more about this drug.

Posted by Crystal T Lesson 13

Dual Diagnosis is considered a co-occurring disorder for those who have been diagnosed with two simultaneous disorders such as substance abuse dependency and mental health illnesses. Either one could occur first but could also worsen the other. According to a 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted a study concluding that 7.9 million people in the U.S. experience dual diagnosis simultaneously and more than 4.1 million are men. Many self-help groups are based on one disease and one recovery making it impossible to deal with both disorders at the same time and would fall short of helping the client with their needs as directly needed.Although many clinics are beginning to become more aware of dually diagnosed and underlined problems clients are still being excluded from different services because of agencies not knowing how to deal with such cases. Substance abuse clients maintain many year of sobriety through AA and NA identifying and bonding with other members in 12 step meetings is a way of life but do not consider taking prescription medications as a form of treatment and many dual diagnosed clients may be on several regimens of medications for metal disorders. Now there are other peer self-help groups such as “Double Trouble in Recovery” (DTR) who can identify with staying on prescribed medications and being able to stay on the path of recovery and manage their mental health disorders.

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Posted by Brittanie LLesson 14

There are around 5 to 8 million older adults in America. There can be some challenges with working with an elder person that has a dependency is there are additional medical or mental problems as well. The could have dementia which is a medical condition of my mind and the person working with this client needs to be educated and trained on dementia. One thing i thought of that could be something to keep in mind with working with an elder client is the generation they were raised in because the way things were then could be different then the way our own generation was raised. In that situation we need to be respectful and professional to there up bringing.

Posted by DINIKA T Lesson 14

When providing treatment for an HIV/Aids patients several things must be taken into consideration throughout treatment. Substance abuse and HIV/Aids go hand and hand therefore it’s important to provide treatment for both. If we can reduce the substance abuse it will reduce the risk taking behavior. Once this behavior is reduced the client can have a clearer perception and have motivation to start positive habits. Although, substance abuse can drive these habits the HIV/Aids diagnosis can trigger habits as well. Their must be treatment for both areas that work hand in hand. The goal is to help this client get to the best psychological function that is possible. We must also include programs that educate the client on the HIV/Aids treatment, how to change sex behaviors, information on the spreading of blood borne infections. We must try to help the client be introduced to their new lifestyle that must be maintained to keep them healthy. Another thing that will help is if their able to attend support groups with others that are also HIV/Aids. This will allow them to have support with others that are going through the same exact thing.

Culture of Health

Posted by Niamh SModule 6-2

To me, a culture of health is one where getting all the services you need is not only readily available but also encouraged.

Having resources available is great, but making the access process prohibitively cumbersome will dissuade people from using them. When someone needs this kind of assistance, the last thing that needs to happen is that the process be made more difficult.

A culture of health is a culture where asking for help is not embarrassing, or a sign of weakness, but a sign of need. But, that need will also have to be filled to the best of our ability. Requesting assistance with food, housing, or medical and mental health care is difficult enough without being made to wait for months, or sometimes years for these necessities.

There also needs to be a lot of removal of the stigma surrounding asking for particular kinds of help. Someone with a substance abuse problem isn’t going to ask for help at the cost of their job. Someone with mental illness will not reach out easily if they have been shamed in the past.

A culture of health has to be a culture that is okay with people asking for help when it is needed, and allowing that help to be given.

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