This assignment is designed to assist you in developing the clinical skills needed to identify the different aspects needed for a thorough assessment, the different screening tools used to assess addiction, the difference between screening, assessing, and diagnosing and the need for intervention. Patterns often exist with the frequency of use, amount of a substance used, and reasons for substance use and abuse. This assignment is designed to identify these patterns and select appropriate screening tools to further evaluate a client prior to the development of a treatment plan.
This essay must be 2-3 pages and follow current APA format, not including a title page or reference page, and proper margins, spacing, and at least 4 citations must be used from textbooks or peer-reviewed journal articles. The first page of content will address behavioral patterns of use that are shared in your AA group. Make sure you do not disclose any personal information. You will be strictly reporting the use. For example: “One individual shared that they drank a case of beer a day, while another discussed binge drinking on weekends.” The second page of your essay will address information you would need, but did not glean from the meetings, to finish screening and complete a thorough assessment that would enable you to properly diagnose an individual (you are not actually diagnosing in this assignment). The purpose of this assignment is to challenge you to clinically think through the information you have and what further information would be needed in order to properly diagnose an individual.
More specifically, without disclosing any information that could identify a particular person, think through 2 of the AA meetings you attended and your readings. After a proper introductory paragraph, use the first page to describe the different patterns of use described in the meetings: Without disclosing any identifying information, discuss behaviors of substance use disorders (such as intensity, frequency, length of time, attempts to change) that were discussed in the meetings and the pertinence of these behaviors to an assessment. Then, use the next page to discuss what additional information you would need to complete a thorough screening and assessment in order to be able to properly diagnose an individual, including how you would gather this information if you were screening and then assessing the individual. Report the pertinent information Doweiko (2019), Fisher and Harrison (2018), and Clinton and Scalise (2013) suggest is needed to screen and assess for substance use disorders.
Note: You are not diagnosing anyone in the group; you are merely reporting behavioral patterns of use discussed (without sharing any identifying information). You then will address other information that would be needed for screening/assessment to help you properly diagnose an individual. Discuss why the information from the meetings is pertinent and why you would need further information for a proper diagnosis.
Consider carefully what you include in your essay and do not include information that is not part of the expectations of the assignment. For example, you do not need to report details about where you are attending or other miscellaneous meeting details. You are simply focused on what you heard regarding behavioral patterns in your meetings. This may be minimal information, depending on what people share in the meetings, such as just indicating how much they used during a relapse. Conversely, you may have multiple people who have shared very specifically about how much they used, how frequently, for how long, and how they have attempted to change. Your goal is to report what you know, then describe what else you would need to know in order to accurately screen and assess.
Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.

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