Drugs & Alcohol Case Study

1793 words 8 pages
Brian is married with two teenage children. He set up his own company, a packaging business 10 years ago, and has worked hard to make it viable. During this time his use of alcohol has increased. He currently uses alcohol on a daily basis and often consumes a 1.5L of bottle of spirits a day. He hides this from his wife, but she has recently wanted to talk about this, and is angry and frustrated with him. A recent back injury prompted him to go to his GP, who prescribed a codeine based analgesic.

The cause of Brian’s heavy drinking falls into both the psychological and social components of the bio/psycho/social model. Although there is no evidence of a biological link in the case study, it is possible that there might be a
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The abuse can also hinder his ability to communicate during business negotiations as to what he wants and doesn’t want. There’s always the risks of overdose with opoid based analgesic and large quantities of alcohol.


Researchers have found that most people go through particular stages of change in terms of their readiness to alter their drinking behavior. Brian has been thinking about cutting down on the amount of alcohol and analgesics he uses, and is considering the possibility of change, but is ambivalent and uncertain. On the Wheel of Change Brian is at the contemplation stage where he decides to change his behavior after weighing the positive and negative aspects of change. External influences and pressures, as well as internal thoughts and feelings, contribute to motivation, both to consider and implement a change in behavior.

Brian’s main external influences for Motivation for change Is his love for his family, and he feels that by cutting down, it will improve his relationship with his wife and children, and reduce problems in the home. Brian also believes there’ll be an improvement in the workplace, and an increase of production. Brian’s desire to live a healthier lifestyle is also another motivation for change. Cost of not changing may see an increase of arguments between Brian and his wife. It might damage close


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