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Assignment 1: Scholar Practitioner Assignment: Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders

It is no coincidence that mental disorders and addiction often appear together because they share causative neurological roots hence, co-occurring disorders. Individuals with mental disorders often turn to mood-altering chemicals and behaviors in an attempt to self-medicate, making them more vulnerable to addiction.

The rates of co-occurring disorders are high. A differential diagnosis, or a diagnostic decision that differentiates between two similar disorders is needed to be able to differentiate between the two. As a helping professional you should be familiar with the appropriate diagnostic and treatment strategies needed to manage all aspects of these disorders.

For this Assignment, review the “SPP Treatment Plan Template” located in the resources and use this template for this Assignment.

Consider the following scenario:

Maria is a 44-year-old hearing-impaired Latina female who was admitted to the inpatient treatment facility for alcohol dependence where you are a substance abuse counselor. During her admission, Maria expressed reluctance to undergo treatment, stating that her family did not approve of counseling or psychiatric services because they see it as a sign of weakness.  During her admission, she began crying hysterically. She stated that her husband left her and that her two teenage children were home alone. Maria was inebriated, under emotional distress, and ended up being carried to her assigned room by two staff members.

Your psychosocial intake assessment revealed she is also manifesting signs and symptoms of a major depressive disorder. You know that Maria needs help with her alcohol addiction, but you also know that her depression might be a cause or an effect of alcoholism.


Create a brief 30-day addiction treatment plan for Maria in the scenario.

SOCW 6202: Treatment of Addictions SPP Treatment Plan Template Identified strengths: Strengths that will help client achieve long-term goal(s) (e.g., supportive family). Client should help identify. Initially it may be difficult to help client identify more than one or two strengths but as the course of treatment continues, more should become evident. Identified problems/deficits: Factors in client’s life that may impede successful recovery Long-term goal(s): Short-term Goals Objectives Strategies Expected Outcome (with time-frame) Stated as broad desirable outcome that will be broken down into short-term goals and objectives. Usually, one long-term goal will be adequate for first year. Example: John will remain abstinent from use of heroin and all other mood altering substances and behaviors for one year as demonstrated by negative random drug screens and self-report). Series of time-limited goals that will lead to achievement of long-term goal. Example: John will successfully complete residential treatment. Statements of what client will do to achieve short-term goal. Stated in measurable, behavioral terms Example: John will attend and actively participate in all individual and group counseling sessions. John will admit he has an addiction problem. How objective will be carried out or accomplished Example: Schedule one individual counseling session and five group counseling sessions weekly. John will complete Step One of the Twelve Steps Objective, measurable desirable outcome with timeframeExample: Staff and self-report of regular attendance and active participation in individual and group counseling sessions (30 days). Self-report to counselor and members of group sessions (30 days). © 2014 Laureate Education, Inc. Page 1 of 1

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