Eating Disturbances and Substance Abuse
The concept of holistic treatment is exemplified in the readings chosen for this unit. Incorporating various disciplines and dimensions of treatment, the need for integration of services to address the complete person is highlighted. Awareness of programs and developmental approaches that target a specific population or age group can help in directing individuals toward successful resolutions of their issues. The concern for family members, friends, coworkers, et cetera, impacted by issues of abuse may be overlooked but we need to keep in mind the needs of individuals affected by loved ones who struggle with abuse or addiction and not just the direct recipients of services. They, in their position, may not be capable of providing the individual support at the level of change needed by the individual experiencing concerns. The advocacy and leadership needs at different levels of human development will vary; educating young students as opposed to middle-aged men creates a wide span of need for approaches that speak to the particular group.
The readings provide background in sociological and psychological forces that impact eating decisions. Concerning and considering environmental factors that not only affect eating disturbances but that challenge self-perceptions that can last for life, our role is a multi-purposed one. Providing education, enlisting support from mental health services, supporting development throughout the lifespan with healthy approaches to living and advancing knowledge of parents and caretakers to identify and support individuals struggling with such issues and advocating for change in our perception of health and beauty, scratches the surface of need in this area.
How does the interaction of different disciplines impact the development of programs to help individuals with eating disturbances?
Include technological development within your response and consider the efficacy of incorporating private, technological approaches as an adjunct to group educational services, for example. In so doing, you can evaluate its broad span of integration of services from several service providers and the use of systemic support to maintain its strength of approach.
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