Substance Abuse Essay

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Research indicates that community responses to substance abuse can be viewed as evolving through these four stages: a. denial b. panic c. fragmentation d. cohesion As such, community leaders and members typically find it difficult to accept the idea that substance abuse is a problem in their community, and may actively or passively resist the development of prevention and treatment programs on the basis that “there is no need for them.” What are your thoughts on this issue? Have you witnessed a similar situation? Does the stigma still lead a lot of people to take a “head in the sand” approach and just ignore it? Although it is “classified” as denial, I would chock this up to ignorance! Communities are definitely, as a whole, unable to “accept” the demise of the society, or an individual. Sadly, this is how so many get so far gone. I think a more appropriate or easily understandable explanation is found by utilizing the Kübler- Ross model, gcommonly known as the five stages of grief.h These five stages are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Communities always begin at stage denial. Even more sad, these communities will stay in the denial stage so long, that they are useless in the personal substance abuse struggles of some, as well the healing of their communities after substance abuse. I personally have not witnessed a community's ignorance or denial. However, I have noticed it on such programs as Intervention©. I think most people ignore it and definitely take a ghead in the sandh approach. After all, it is easier to let someone else deal with it. The problem here is that the whole community will take that approach, and the substance abuser is left to help themselves. If they were able to do that, they probably wouldn't be substance abusers in the first place. Although most want to gkeep their hands clean,h they are

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