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NAME: AGNES OFFEI –QUARTEY COURSE: NURS 451 LECTURER: PROF. PAULA HARRISON DATE: APRIL 17TH, 2013
does not solicit for funds but donations will not be rejected. One thing I noticed is that the participants did not introduced themselves as addicts but 1 . non-profit.R. For example one of participant talked about how his ex-wife will not let him see their kids and it was driving him crazy. SMART does not take any political position. He also explained to us that SMART does not take any position on higher power. most of the people talked. Phil led the “Check-in” process. science based organization. This where they ask each person if they have something to say. I was greeted by the facilitator. He then stated that SMART is a voluntary. one participant stated that she saw on the news a study going on about what role genes play in addiction and how to cure addiction. 2013. Others also stated that there are some other research looking at the depression and its role of causing addiction. Though I chose not to say anything. One participant also talked about the origin of the word “sobriety”. When I got to the conference room. During the current news session of the meeting. Phil Stern and I introduced myself to him as student observer from Miami University Nursing. After the news section. The group that I participated in is Self-Management and Recovery Training (S. Some of the issue they brought ranges from family vacation to messy divorce.T. which means “calm” in ancient Greek era.) I was asked to sign in at the receptionist and escorted upstairs to conference room.A. There were twenty (20) participants.M. The meeting began by Phil reading the agenda for the meeting. does not approve or disapprove the notion that addiction is a disease.COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP ATTENDANCE REFLECTION I attended my Community Support Group meeting at Lindner Center of Hope in Mason OH on Sunday March 24. the meeting started at 4pm. nine (9) were women from the age of about 23 years to 50 years and the rest were men from mid-twenties to about 60 years old.
Phil was knowledgeable and was in control of the meeting throughout the time. For instance. The participants were addicted and abuse alcohol. also they something. others were suffering from anxiety and depression. The four (4) points are: i. iii. are able to accomplish 2 . The group and the format of the meeting was exactly what I expected. Unlike A. pain killers. To do this participants need to engage in activities that takes their mind of alcohol or drugs.A which is only for alcohol addiction. Building and maintaining motivation Coping with urges Managing thoughts Living a balance life. I did not expect to see that many participants attending the meeting. he told the participants than the first step to wean oneself from addiction is to build and maintain motivation. The participants were mainly minding their business. Phil then led the group to discuss the SMART recovery 4 -Point program. Phil took his time and explain each point and how the participants can accomplish those goals on the SMART 4 Point program. they should be proud of themselves. iv. only a few of them talked. opium. There were participants who seemed like they were under influence of drug or alcohol during the session. My impression of the group was that there were more participants in this group than AA. heroin. or drug problem. this group was more of general addiction. Some of the participants seemed uncomfortable and unease.rather they introduced themselves as having alcohol. Since I attended AA meeting before going to the SMART meeting. ii. no matter how small.
That really sank with me and my understanding of stigma attached to addiction. They did this through sharing of experiences. which encouraged him to stay sober. Interpersonal learning was also exhibited in the group by people praising those who stayed sober for longer time without relapse. they can break their addiction. The group focused more on educating the members and also the family members who came to support their love ones about addiction and some of the things that can lead to addiction. for instance. 2013) exhibited in the group is hope.My understanding of group development. The group also exhibited an identification in a positive manner. To me not only the group was very educative about the subject of addiction. Once he was okay. Many of the participants mentioned that they became addicted through prescription drugs. For example one of the members of the group mentioned that he felt like he was the worst loser and pathetic person but when he started coming to the group meetings. Phil encouraged the group members that. he was a basketball player and when he got injured. A participant mentioned that. as long as they keep attending meetings and following SMART’s four point program. One other Yalom’s curative factor (Kneisl. how they overcame addiction and instill hope in each other by encouraging them that they are not alone in their situation. effectiveness and dynamics. they provided me with another cause of addiction which I have not 3 . he began telling himself that he only has addiction problem. his doctor provided him narcotic pain killer. is that the group’s main objective is to help people get rid of their addictive behaviors. one of the group members mentioned that he is beginning to reject labels people give him because of his addiction. he realized that he was not alone and others have had worst situations. For example. His point was one can challenge their doctor if the doctor is leading you to addictiveness. he went back to the doctor and the doctor kept prescribing the same narcotic pain killer to him.
this group meeting was very informative and educative. 4 . In my Ghanaian community. like the SMART website. At the meeting. I believe that I can impact this knowledge to the people in the African community who has very little knowledge of mental illness. For example the group thought me what factors can lead to substance or alcohol addiction. As a future practice nurse. I will educate my patients on how prescription drugs can lead to drug abuse and addiction. i learned about other resources available for people who wants to stay sober from addiction. many people suffers from mental disease but they don’t admit it and they depend on alcohol or drugs to ease their pain. In conclusion. AA and other support groups. Attending this group meeting has helped me tremendously in my understanding of people who have addiction issues. because of stigma that is attached to mental illness. the only way to feel better is either drink alcohol or take illegal drugs. Brian brought her mother to the meeting and after the meeting she said the group has helped her tremendously to understand the pain and suffering her son was going through. its effect on individuals and their families and how to get help. Coming to the meeting helped her learn how to better support her son. This group meeting has given me insight on how to educate people on addictions. although they do not provide financial support.thought about. One member of the group. I also learned that depression can lead to drug or alcohol addiction easily. The group also provided information about other support groups besides themselves and where one can attend a group meeting. once they get depressed. Many of the group members mentioned that.
2. http://www. Pearson.Reference(s ) 1.smartrecovery. Carol & Trigoboff Eileen (2013.org 5 . New Jersey.) Contemporary Psychiatric –Mental Health Nursing . Kneisl.
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