Drug Rehab Spanish Fork, Utah 84660
Drug Addiction Rehab in Spanish Fork is an issue greatly impacting the lives of individuals and families. The most pressing question is why, and what could have been done to prevent an unnecessary death. Within this paper, the process of developing an outreach program tailored to a high-risk population will be delineated. The social and economic justice issues contained in the body of the program will be addressed, as well as, the PREPARE and IMAGINE processes. Additionally, the allocation of a $100,000 budget will be itemized, in order to provide an explanation of the perquisites and materials required for the program to function.
Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork has become a national epidemic. The effects of Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork attempts and deaths are pervasive. Whether the system affected is the family of the deceased, or the mental health system addressing treatment, the subject is not tackled nearly enough. As a society we have learned to deal with our problems quietly and inconspicuously.
Unfortunately, treating Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork as a taboo subject may aid in the 32,000 Drug Addicts in Spanish Fork deaths America experiences every year. This number equates to roughly 89 Drug Addiction in Spanish Forks per day or one Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork every 16 minutes (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2005). Addressing the issues related to Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork requires an honest assessment of the gaps visible in Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork prevention and education.
Now to narrow the national focus to local statistics; Utah experiences the 8th highest Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork rate in the country. Deaths by Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork in Utah equate to 17.08 deaths to every 100,000 persons, contrasting the national average of 10.75 deaths to every 100,000 (Utah Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork Prevention Plan, 2007). Surprisingly, national and local Drug Addiction in Spanish Forks are committed predominately by males. U.S. statistics place males at 78.8% (Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, 2005) of all successful Drug Addiction in Spanish Forks, and local numbers at an astounding 81% (Utah Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork Prevention Plan, 2007). With these statistics in mind, why are men so much more likely to kill themselves?
With various factors aiding to a high male Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork rate, it’s beneficial to first identify that female Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork attempts are two to three times higher than those of men. With women trying more often, how is it that men are more successful? Are men just go-getters who are capable of getting the job done, or are there a host of socialization factors that come into play? George E. Murphy M.D. provides insight as to why men often kill themselves, while women engage in more attempts.
As stated previously it would be easy to make the sexist assumption that men are just more efficient. Conversely, Murphy states women are more likely to attempt, than to commit Drug Treatment in Spanish Fork for several reasons. First, women are more inclusive in their relationships, and willing to process with friends and family. Second, women are more likely to seek help. Third, Alcohol Addiction in Spanish Fork attempts are typically symbolic during a period of emotional crisis, and induce drastic life changes (Murphy, 1998). Essentially, this reiterates what most are already aware of: women are more willing to express their emotions, and take the feelings of others into account. Dr. Murphy explains men are less likely to assess the effects of their actions on the lives of family and friends. The decision to commit Substance Abuse in Spanish Fork is a personal choice for men, and they do not feel compelled to divulge their plans to anyone else. Contrasting women, men are less likely to seek advice. The perception that help equates to weakness, leads men to deal with their struggles internally. With the thought processes of men in mind, without generalizing the whole population, it will be beneficial to identify possible risk factors leading men to commit Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork.
The possible factors associated with male Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork are:
· Using drugs and/or alcohol to help cope with emotions, relationships, pressure of work etc
· Social isolation, living alone
· Unable to form or sustain meaningful relationships
· Divorce or relationship breakdowns
· A history of physical and sexual abuse
· Mental illness, particularly where this is related to depression. Painful and/or debilitating
illnesses or conditions
· Being bullied at school/college/work.
· Loss of a loved one through trauma or disease (National Institute of Mental Health, 2008)
These issues appear pervasive across all age groups, but particularly between the ages of 30-49 years of age. Nonetheless in 2005, 89% of teenage Drug Addiction in Spanish Forks were committed by males, indicating intervention is required across generations (Kinkead & Romboy, 2006). Lastly, an additional common thread linking males with high Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork rates, are the lethal means utilized during the Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork.
The Utah Heroin Addiction in Spanish Fork Prevention Plan states the top three methods of committing Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork in Utah are through the use of firearms, poison, and suffocation. With males at the highest risk of committing Marijuana Addiction in Spanish Fork, it is essential to address the most lethal, and prominently used method: firearms. In Utah there are over 80,000 individuals with concealed weapons permits, and that number excludes gun owners who chose not to apply for the permit (Bernick Jr., 2007). With an overwhelming number of gun owners in Utah, it is imperative to educate our target population on gun safety, and the predominant use of firearms in committing Alcohol Rehab in Spanish Fork. The benefits of providing an intervention to this population will be extremely imperative.
In providing males ages 13-49 with the education to identify warning signs they may be headed towards self-harm. We can also provide a way to work around the machismo, and help men seek assistance when they desperately need it. Providing education to health care providers is a very important aspect of Drug and Alcohol Addiction in Spanish Fork prevention, however, our program intervenes where the problem begins: with the individual. Men require the information to know what are the warning signs, who can they speak with, how can they help themselves, and where can they go to receive assistance. Lastly, the target population will benefit from the knowledge this is a problem many men face, and weakness is not a part of the equation. Men can utilize the information provided, and no longer feel isolated in their struggle with negative emotions.
Social and Economic Justice
The mission of our intervention is to provide vital information to a high-risk population. As social workers it is our ethical duty to provide services for those in need, and if the services do not exist, we must create them. Males have typically received a disproportionate amount of consideration in terms of their needs. However, as times have evolved and women have become increasingly influential, the ideals of society have slowly begun to change. Despite this change, the social expectations of men have remained, in large-part, stagnant.
Masculinity has been defined by pop-culture icons, delineating a man as the voice of reason, emotionally resilient, and dependable. This image is socially embedded as little boys fantasize about gun fights, and women role play as mothers. Men are taught as soon as they are capable of understanding, that certain emotions such as anger and happiness are normal, while all others should be disclosed inconspicuously.
While a great deal of social work interventions focus on reversing the affects of patriarchal values and institutional discrimination, it is nonetheless imperative to ensure the needs of all populations are adequately met. This project ensures social justice by facing head-on, the same patriarchal values that have oppressed women, and have led men to commit Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork at a rate four times higher than women. Although patriarchy is commonly associated with the derogatory implications the ideology has on women, and rightly so, traditional male role expectations can have equally devastating effects.
An empirical study confirmed traditional male role expectations, indeed contribute to the Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork rate among men. The study examined 40 men who were hospitalized after a Addiction in Spanish Fork attempt, and 40 men with no history of Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork attempts (Houle, Mishara & Chagnon et al., 2008). Those who had attempted Drug Addiction Spanish Fork were assessed as to how strictly they adhered to traditional male role expectations. Other areas evaluated the individual’s views of social support, help seeking behaviors, mental health and Drug Addiction Treatment in Spanish Fork. In the end, statistical evidence was provided, confirming a link between adhering to traditional male role expectations and Drug Addiction Rehab in Spanish Fork. Namely, these expectations worked to minimize feelings of loneliness, desperation, etc., and hindered participants from seeking help (Houle, Mishara & Chagnon et al., 2008).
The program’s objective is to address these issues by exposing the importance of identifying harmful thoughts and feelings, seeking social support, and accepting help from others. While this may contradict what traditional society has ingrained within the minds of some men, it is our obligation to address inequality in its many diverse forms. In addition to helping alleviate the pressures of social conformity, our project may aid in dealing with the pressures of economic inequality.
One of the longstanding expectations of men is to not only provide financially for their families, but to be successful. Success in the United States is measured by income and possessions. While men are expected to provide these status symbols, many are unable to do so. This is of course another aspect of traditional male role expectations we hope to address. Perhaps not overtly, but through recognition many other men are going through similar circumstances, and the most effective way to alleviate the stress associated with perceived failure, is to provide an outreach system. In addition to assisting men in discovering means of support, our drug rehab program can act as a broker by referring men to various resources providing economic relief. Lastly, this program will ensure interventions are culturally sensitive, by researching the practices and values of the men we are assisting. We are aware marginalized groups suffer the effects of various forms of discrimination. In providing outreach to disenfranchised groups or individuals, we will address ways of coping with these issues, as an alternative to Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork.
Addiction in Spanish Fork Outreach and Education Prevention (SOEP), is an outreach program tailored specifically to males between the ages of 13-49, in order to narrow down our target population. The services provided will include going directly to the clients at work, school, prisons, churches, etc., to link our client system with information, resources, and services. Information will include age appropriate presentations to both adolescent and male adults providing: Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork warning signs, pamphlets withHeroin Addiction in Spanish Fork risk assessment, coping strategies, and links to resources. We purposely eliminated overhead by going to the client system, instead of securing a permanent location. Our pro-active approach excludes unnecessary costs, and enables the SOEP volunteers to reach a wider client base. SOEP curriculum will emphasize the importance of interpersonal relationships, and disclosing negative emotions to health care providers.
Our program hopes to maintain a consistent volunteer base through internships, and Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) practicum students. In providing an essential service, students can obtain invaluable experience, by educating a population at-risk, and linking them with necessary resources. We anticipate great success with this program, and hope to expand services to women after the completion of our first pilot year.
Step 1: Identify PROBLEMS to address:
Substep 1.1: Evaluate potential for macro level intervention.
a.)How heavily is the problem affecting the clients’ well being?
Extremely important; literally life or death.
a.)Is the problem serious enough to merit a macro change?
Definitely a must have, all practice levels involved would benefit.
a.)Are you willing to think through and appraise your actual potential to make a difference?
This outreach program could actually help save more lives.
a.)Are you certain your clients would support such a macro change that is in their best interest?
Our client system might be resistant to change but will at lest have access to the resources.
Substep 1.2: Define and prioritize the problems.
a.)What client population will be affected?
Utah males of all ages, primarily 13-49 years old.
a.)What type of problem is it?
Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork (Mental health/Depression, etc.).
a.)What is the root of the problem?
Lack of education/resources/services to assist in underlying mental health issues.
Substep 1.3: Translate the problems into needs.
a.)Get background data and information to clarify exactly what the need is.
Utah leads the nation for one of the highest Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork rates. Males are four times more likely to commit Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork than females. Therefore we need to be proactive in providing mental health support and in educating and linking males to the needed resources in hopes of reducing Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork rates.
a.)Recognize and specify other agencies or programs in the community that already address the need.
Other programs such as the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) and Voices of Hope, help all age groups but mainly focus on teen Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork prevention. Teen Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork is high, but the highest rates in all categories are in Males. The core or our program and emphasis will be directed toward males. No other program strictly focuses on the male population. We will outreach and educate males in school and college, jail and prison, and in the work force by showing the risk factors of Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork and providing resources they can turn to for help. We will teach them how to deal with the intense feelings (depression, loneliness, and/or worthlessness) they might have in an alternative healthy manner.
a.)Talk to other professionals serving similar clients.
Professionals we could get advice from are: counselors in schools, therapists from different mental health facilities (Valley mental Health, etc.), Martha Anderson- Division of mental health, suicidologist- Doug Gray from the University of Utah, Michelle Moskos- Voices of Hope, Sherri Wittwer- NAMI, and Ron Stromberg- Mental Health Specialist. All of these individuals are professionals in Utah Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork and could give us a greater perception of what is needed.
a.)Get clients involved.
We could get teachers and parents involved by educating them on the signs and symptoms of Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork. Also, inform teachers and parents what to do if they recognize these signs (link them to resources). Educate those incarcerated as well as their prison workers. Talk to community businesspeople and church groups.
a.)Consider the value of a more formal needs assessment.
Research in this field is crucial. We could ask professionals of each area: schools, businesses, prisons, and churches what they believe might influence mental illness in males that would cause them to commit Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork.
Substep 1.4: Determine which need(s) you will address.
Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork prevention, outreach, and provide access to
Step 2: Review your macro and personal REALITY:
Substep 2.1: Evaluate the organizational and other macro variables potentially working for or against you in the macro change process.
Constraining Regulations or Laws
None aware of
Political Climate of other Agencies
None should argue cause/purpose
External Political Climate
Families/Communities should be very supportive/appreciative
Participation among client system
Substep 2.2: Assess your personal reality (Strengths/weaknesses that may act for/against a successful change effort).
This program can be very effective in helping to save lives; particularly the client system we have chosen. Most men are introverted and unwilling to discuss their personal mental health issues. Because our program does not deal with too many finances, it has the potential for a lasting success.
Step 3: ESTABLISH primary goal(s):
a.)What is required to fulfill your identified needs?
Funds; Professionals; Marketing/Advertising; Cooperation from communities and organizations.
a.)What goals do you think you might be able to accomplish in your own macro environment?
Rally support, grant writing and volunteers.
Step 4: Identify relevant PEOPLE of influence:
a.)Who might be available to help you make the change you have
Members in already existing Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork programs, political figures, as
well as the community at large.
Potential Action Systems and Support:
Individuals in Organization(s)
Andrea, Benjamin, Josh, Spencer and Trudy Moore
Groups in the Organization(s)
Individuals in the Community
Ron Stromberg, Michelle Moskos, Doug Gray, Martha Anderson, Sherri Wittwer
Groups in the Community
Valley Mental Health, Voices of Hope, NAMI, Division of Mental Health, Court system, Churches, Dept. of Human Services, Schools and Universities
Step 5: ASSESS potential costs and benefits to clients and agency:
a.)Will the results be worth it?
This program is drastically needed due to Utah demographics.
a.)Would alternative solutions produce more benefits at less cost?
The alternative is for the clients to either admit themselves or to be court ordered for help in an already existing treatment center, which is much more costly.
a.)Who gets the benefits and who pays the costs?
The individual suffering with ideations is the greatest beneficiary, but their family and loved ones will also profit from our program. Because our program is a proactive outreach, the cost is merely nothing more than time the client spends in utilizing our services.
Step 6: Review professional and personal RISK:
a.)To what extent are you at risk of losing your job?
a.)To what extent will such macro change efforts decrease your potential for upward mobility?
If anything, this experience in creating such a program will help future opportunities for upward mobility.
a.)To what extent would your efforts for macro change seriously strain your interpersonal relationships at work?
Everyone surrounding should be very supportive of such a program.
To what extent are you in danger of:
Losing your job?
Decreasing your potential for upward mobility?
Seriously straining work relationships?
Step 7: EVALUATE the potential success of a macro change process:
Substep 7.1: Review the prior PREPARE PROCESS and weigh the pros and cons of proceeding with the macro change process.
Immense and beyond our current client system.
1.)Positive organizational and other variables.
Support should be given from many different variables.
1.)Your own strengths.
True desire and dedication to help start new program.
1.)Potential support from people from influence.
Support should be given from many various professionals.
1.)Potential financial benefits.
Hopefully can be successful enough to produce a residual income from grants and donors to maintain programs existence.
1.)Negative organizational and other macro variables.
1.)Your own weaknesses.
Novice social workers attempting to create a macro change for the entire state of Utah (Inexperience).
Clients might be unwilling to reveal feelings and/or receive assistance before it is too late. Businesses/schools, etc. might be difficult in scheduling presentations.
Most of the overhead is from marketing (Pamphlets, and hired professionals).
1.)Continue with macro change process.
2.)Postpone macro change process.
3.)Terminate macro change process.
Substep 7.2: Identify possible macro change approaches to use roughly, estimate their effectiveness, and select the most appropriate one(s).
1.) Present to local businesses, schools (Junior and High, Colleges and Universities) and
especially to establishments where our client system is found most often.
a.) Could be hard to schedule appointments, but appears effective.
2.) Produce mass advertising through pamphlets, billboard, radio and possibly television.
a.) Can be costly but would definitely get the word out.
3.) Fundraisers, rallies and community meetings to raise awareness.
a.) Might not be as effective but could help.
4.) Research to discover further insight into cause, as well as best preventions.
a.) This is extremely important but might be difficult to study.
5.) “No questions asked firearm buyback” to lessen amount of weapons available.
a.) Would lower amount of weapons on street but might be illegal.
6.) Provide a self-psychological exam people could take concerning their risk factor with
mental health and Drug Addiction in Spanish Fork.
a.) Would go great with a pamphlet, especially for the introverted.
7.) Create a user-friendly website that provides access to many different
a.) Can be very helpful as long as people know of its existence.
8.) Establish support groups and sponsors for those already struggling with ideations.
a.) Could be hard to find volunteers/professionals and/or fund.
9.) Create fun outdoor/ indoor activities/programs that showcase the beauty of life.
a.) Would really help with state of mind but might be hard to
10.) Provide assistance beyond mental health expertise (Financial advising, debt
a.) Would be a great service but stems away from mental health focus.
11.) Set up a building that specifically deals with this issue. It would have a 24-hour
help line, professional therapists on call and give access to the many different
resources and services.
a.)The overhead would eliminate all available funds for actual help.