Substance abuse counseling lends itself nicely to the  integration of positive psychology and spirituality

Substance abuse counseling lends itself nicely to the  integration of positive psychology and spirituality. While both of these  therapy approaches have been explored for many years, the integration  into substance abuse counseling is a relatively new development. As  such, many clients may not be aware of the techniques in positive  psychology and spirituality that can be of use in their recovery.

Juanita has been seeking treatment for her marijuana use  from you for a month now. While she has significantly cut back on her  substance use, she is having difficulty quitting and remaining abstinent  for periods that last longer than a few days. In your counseling  sessions, Juanita has mentioned that she feels very badly about  herself—she feels guilty about being unable to quit and explains that  she doesn’t think she is strong enough to quit altogether. She has also  expressed nervousness that her boyfriend would no longer like her if she  quit smoking, and she has expressed concern that if he leaves her, she  wouldn’t be able to find a new boyfriend because she doesn’t believe she  is pretty enough. Juanita is also unsatisfied with her job as a cashier  at the local grocery store, but has expressed her opinion that she  doesn’t think she is smart enough to get a better job. You know from  Juanita’s history, that her mother was very critical of Juanita when she  was a child and that her father was absent for most of her childhood.  In high school, Juanita excelled at classes in biology and math, but she  never attended college.

To help Juanita overcome her barriers to marijuana  abstinence, write a summary of what the counselor should cover in the  next meeting with Juanita. Ensure that you cover the following points:

-Explain the concepts of positive psychology to Juanita.

-Examine the goals of positive psychology and explain how this  approach will help -Juanita obtain sobriety, focusing specifically on the  concerns and dissatisfaction’s she has expressed.

-Design at least two exercises based on positive psychology for Juanita to work on in between counseling sessions.

-Explain spirituality to Juanita, emphasizing the differences between spirituality and religion.

-Examine how spirituality and positive psychology can work together to help Juanita achieve her goals.

Write a 4–5-page paper in Word format. Use scholarly  resources, including the textbook to support your ideas. Apply APA  standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming  convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M4_A2.doc.

 

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