PSY 425 Week 2 DQ 2

PSY 425 Week 2 DQ 2

PSY 425 Week 2 DQ 2

Read the lecture: “Self-Medication and Other Challenges to Sobriety”, linked below. Discuss the role of grief and other “hard emotions” (anger, depression, etc.) in addiction and recovery. Your response to this DQ should be at least 250 words.

What is your motivation for taking this course? Have you had experience with chemical dependency in your work or personal life that you would care to discuss? What do you hope to learn in this course? How will this information help you in your career?
Read the lecture: Substance Abuse or Dependence, linked on the right. What do you believe are the causes of substance abuse? What are the causes of chemical dependency? Do you think a person has a choice in whether or not he or she moves from abuse to dependency? What are the factors that may influence that choice? Support your opinions with information from the Week One readings. In your response, please mention something you read about in the lecture. Your response to this DQ should be at least 250 words.


Heroin Deaths
Here is an interesting article on the recent surge in heroin deaths. (Click on the link below.) Based on the information in this article, discuss why you think heroin deaths are increasing.

Jellinek Chart

Progression of disease and recovery
The Jellinek Chart is a graphic for understanding how alcoholism progresses. (Click on the link below.) Please take a look at it and let us know what you think. You might want to compare the symptoms with those of someone you know who may have a problem with alcoholism.

Alcohol Screening
For some people, it may be impossible to notice when one is in danger of moving from alcohol abuse to dependency. Here is a quiz to help identify some of the warning signs. Please take a look at this assessment and let us know what you think. (Click on the link below.)  Do you think these questions are appropriate, based on your understanding of the process of moving from substance abuse to addiction?