Identify the two substances you believe require the most attention by the substance abuse treatment system and why. How might your response differ based on age, gender, and racial or ethnic background? Substance abuse and drug watch top priority shall be marijuana and alcohol (NIDA 2006). There are three major considerations to promoting substance abuse and those are availability, cost, and effect. Marijuana is the main illegal drug abuse in the States. It is readily available and can be home grown.
Alcohol may be the most dangerous since it is legal, easily accessible in any supermarket or department stores and socially condoned. The two have varying effects on the brain but is seen to be the major contributors to substance abuse, accidents and several criminal cases. The epidemiology of alcohol and marijuana substance abuse is traceable to cultural values and drinking norms. There is a strong correlation between children and parents ratings of drinking frequency and alcohol use. Parents play a vital role in the significance and effects of parental modeling of alcohol use behavior.
The children’s reports of their own behavior compared with their parent’s alcohol use and parenting practice relates to their siblings adaptations to alcohol use. Youth makes their own decisions on the roles of alcohol and drugs in their lives. The contact point of visibility is usually the school where they approximately spend a whole lot of their time. The epidemiological roots help us to understand the factors that contribute to the emergence of the use of marijuana. Within the socio-psychological domains are peer, family, school, society or community and interpersonal traumatic and negative life events.
The most critical point for receptivity is the early adolescent age. This reminds us to compare the influence of parental authority against the influx of peer influence. Family relationships and communications apart from other irregular external factors combat the push from peer factors. Parental guidance and society plays a major role in the lives of children in both aspects of alcohol and marijuana abuse regardless of gender and age. Substance abuse treatment and intervention does not only connote medical applications.
It also solicits moral support from the community who is trying to cure the illness and control the abuse. Personally, given the proper authority and power by the State, I move to respond with a change of national family policy that will place us in the history of revamp family alliance and unity. The context of age of independence and modes of discipline shall be given its proper implications to the moral values and parental guidance needs of the youth. Too much independence and too much laxity in discipline can mean harm to a child.
Control in terms of parental authority is very important in child rearing by which the state must not put on guidelines and intervene with how a child is being reared by ones family except on exceptional cases of child abuse. State’s interference could get parents jailed and sued in court for anything a child complains and anything the court caters. This gets them to a standpoint edge with the egos and attitudes of their children. Family affairs are not properties of the State and I realize that parents must be given the chance to really exercise their parental rights on discipline.
If anybody can notice, we have lots of medical interventions for this kind of substance abuse but it still gets us nowhere. The State has even reached to the point of being an accomplice to these drug dealers to curb the abusers population which at present is still rampant. Given the power of the State, I will solve a part of this substance abuse from the base itself which is the family. The barricade got to be eliminated and parents got to be parents this time. This is a form of intervention that can compensate all people regardless of age, gender, and race. We let nature flow and overcome what government has created in its interventions.