Controversy surrounding the treatment of substance abuse disorders with other substances extends from the
most basic to the philosophical. Some health care providers focus on the removal of all substances to address
the addiction and argue that complete abstinence is the only real option. They believe that no medications
should be given (except to save one’s life) during treatment for substance abuse. Many mental health
professionals, particularly in America, hold these views. In contrast to removing all substances, others focus on
the ability of the client to function. Many programs support the belief that addicts can live normal lives with
controlled use of substances.
How do these opposing views in the treatment of addiction clients affect the addiction mental health practice?
How does the mental health professional working with addiction prepare and support the mental health care
team and the client? How do programs like the 12-step Narcotics Anonymous program compare with other
approaches as far as research results?
For this Discussion, select a medication used in treating substance abuse disorders. Then, conduct a search
for any controversy surrounding the use of this medication in treating substance abuse disorders and prepare
to defend its use.
By Day 3
Post a description of the major actions, intended effects, and side effects of your selected medication. Explain
controversy surrounding the use of this medication in treating substance abuse disorders. Defend the effective
use of this medication and support your defense with evidence from the Learning Resources or from your
place in France and England during the French Revolution. Charles Dickens demonstrates how Sydney Carton makes his decisions based on love for the benefit of others and himself and Madame Defarge makes her decisions based on hate which causes the pain and sorrow of many people. Dickens suggests that love overpowers hate because in the end those who acted on hate don’t have happy endings. Sydney Carton shows his unselfish love through his sacrifice for others; he loves the Manette family so much that he will give up his life for theirs. Sydney once says to Lucie “For you, and for any dear to you, I would do anything. I would embrace any sacrifice for you and for those dear to you. And when you see your own bright beauty springing up anew at your feet, think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you” (157). He lives up to what he says because later in the story he sacrifices his life so that Lucie could be with her husband Charles Darnay. He knew that Charles is what made Lucie happy and he wanted her to be happy. Sydney loves Lucie so much that he accepts the fact that she would never marry him and instead is happy that she is with Charles. He is a selfless man that is always thinking about others and never himself. Sydney was not always this way though. There was a time when he was always very depressed. Towards the beginning of the novel Sydney and Charles go out for a couple drinks and Sydney says “I am a disappointed drudge, sir. I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me” (102). He is disappointed not with himself but those around him. He drinks to solve his problems which doesn’t actually do much for him. He was a man that didn’t care about anybody including himself. Later on in the story this problem is solved because of his love for Lucie. He begins to deeply care about others especially the Manettes. In conclusion, Sydney is a selfless man that sacrifices himself for benefit of others. In contrast to Sydney Carton, Madame Defarge acts on h>GET ANSWER