Robert Case Study


RobertCase Study

TheAddiction Case Study: Robert’s Case

Addictionis a condition that has devastating effects on the life of anindividual. An addicted person usually undergoes various phases inlife which mostly do not have admirable effects (Zhekov, 2013). Inthis sense, it means that if one does not change, they maysubsequently contract illnesses and disorders which, when not checkedwell, could eventually lead to very much devastating effects (Kuhar,2012). In this case, the subject is Robert, a 66 year old man. Heretired four years ago and has a wife, children, grandchildren andalso a friend. The drug that is undergoing abuse, in this case, isAlcohol. It is a substance addiction and not a process one. It isamong the most highly abused drugs in the world today. Due to this,it is also a major contributor of addiction to people (Zhekov, 2013).

Robertstarted getting addicted to alcohol immediately after he retired. Hehas been living with his kids and wife for the last over 34 years.Additionally, he has been in marriage to Colleen for about 45 years(CaseHistory 1, 2015).Robert drinks daily beginning in the early mostly after completinghis chores. Robert and his wife started talking at a diminishing rateas time proceeded due to the fact the she considered him drunk. Thedoctor began examining Robert after every three months so that theycould check on his diabetes and prostrate levels. Harriet, Robert’sdaughter, began being very much worried over her father’scondition. Robert would drink daily, immediately after completinghis daily chores. This was habitual as the family tried hard to gethim off it, but all was in vain.

Theintervention team that was scheduled with ensuring that Robert stopsor quits drinking consisted of various, mostly his family members.Initially during the interview that took place through phone calls,various participants expressed their urge to take place. It wasbecause the family members lived in various parts of the country.Harriet had the task of contacting the potential participants of theintervention program (CaseHistory 1, 2015).She told them to call the interventionist and give him their concernsregarding the issue of Robert and also find out about their beingbest as a team involved in the intervention. They also wanted to knowwhen it would be appropriate for the intervention program.

Theintervention team thus consisted of Marsha, who was older than Robertand a sister, Franz, and Bill who were older and younger brotherrespectively. Additionally, there were Colleen, Liz, Harriet, andMark, who were the wife, the younger daughter, older daughter andnephew respectively (CaseHistory 1, 2015).The team also consisted of Terry and Arthur, who were friends.Clearly, the team consisted of friends and family members. The wereinterviews that took place and the participants given assignmentsthat were to come up with a letter to Robert, which expresses theirfeelings and concerns about his addiction situation.They hatched theplan for the treatment, and the program was that they arrange foradmission and that Robert should accept to go for treatment. Theycreated schedules and came up with the appropriate dates.

Duringrole playing, the members of the team arrived at Marsha’s house.Everyone presented whatever they had prepared. Emotions ran througheverybody present. Also, they were very anxious about whether theRobert will collaborate or will be hostile. They also discussedsolutions in case anything happened. They read aloud the letters andconvinced themselves on how they will confront Robert and make him goto rehab. They agreed on the time they meet the following day for theintervention that could give life back to Robert. It would become avery special day in the life of Robert.

Duringthe day of meeting Robert, nobody alerted Robert about it. The teammet a few meters from the residence of Robert and Colleen at halfpast eight in the morning. They went to Robert’s house and waitedfor him from there. The interventionist introduced himself and thereason they had visited him. Each of the members read out the lettersaloud. It even became too emotional at some points. Robert too cried(CaseHistory 1, 2015).The interventionist informed Robert of where the program of treatmentwill be and when he will begin. He immediately agreed and it madeeveryone in the team happy. They had accomplished their mission ofmaking him accept the treatment program. He began the process withinaround 40 minutes after the intervention.

AfterRobert went away, the team members sat down with the interventionistand went through what they felt. They were very happy. They hadinformation about the self-helping groups and the names of thetherapists within their community. It was for the sole intention offollowing up. There was also an encouragement for the family membersto be attending the family program. They agreed and promised to bechecking through the use of the phone in like three days.

Theaddiction had caused the family a lot of things. First, it threatenedtheir marriage with Colleen, by creating an environment with reducedengagements. They had separate rooms and hardly talked to each other.Second, it almost ruined his relationship with his family, friendsand other people related to him. Also, the most serious effect wasdeteriorating his health condition. Alcohol is known to be a majorcause of liver cirrhosis and other disorders related to it (Kuhar,2012). If Robert couldn’t have agreed to the plan, he might haveeven died due to the illness. He should thank the team for it.

Thefamily role played and later planned to meet Robert. They startedinforming him of how they felt about his addiction. Starting withmom, dad, and his siblings, they told Robert what their feelings wereabout his addiction. He accepted to go to treatment, but was muchconcerned about his girlfriend. The friends went through the programthat would later assist him in leaving the addiction. This shows therole friends can play as part of a support system. Among the reasonsthat made the family of Robert get concerned much about his habitswas when he failed to pay rent for the house he was sharing with hisroommate. Later, it was revealed that he was spending everything hehad on the girlfriend.

Suchkinds of addiction would lead to his deteriorating health, anddeveloping various disorders (Zhekov, 2013). It also ruined hisfamily in the sense that his wife was threatening to leave her. Thisissue would mean that the children might not do well without theparents. He also cost his community too much because they needed aperson like him to steer them ahead. It was a disgrace to thecommunity. Also, it ruined his standing within the community and thegeneral standing in the community

Fromthe condition, Robert was responding well to the medication. If hehad continued with his addiction process, it could have impacted hisfamily negatively, standing within the community among others. Also,there might have been a major setback when it comes into his life inretirement. The subject responded positively to the treatment. Thisprocess proved to be a great success. He did not disturb in any way,but showed that he was ready in any way to support his treatment.Such a move showed that he was in good health. The addiction wouldsooner be over. Additionally, it meant that he was regaining hisshape again. The regaining of his shape would now mean that he wouldbe able to carry out his responsibilities as the head of the familywithout any problems.

Inmost cases, it is wiping away the entire young generation (Zhekov,2013). It is because they are the heavy users of the drugs andsubstances in a manner that lacks control. Governments, NGO’s andother people who take place in the processing of enforcing lawsregarding drug abuse and addiction should ensure they up their game.Such a move is through their shaping on the ways they use to assistpeople such as Robert in case they find themselves in such trickysituations. The proceedings should be implemented in the best wayspossible so that they save them from any harmful effects.

Inconclusion, substance and process addiction are very crucial in thelife of an individual. This issue means that if a person doesn’tput a check on their lives, there is a high likelihood that they maycontract disorders. They may also develop health conditions that maylead to death or other devastating effects. There is thus a very highneed that concerned parties take full charge and responsibility ofensuring that they reduce or stop such acts from proceeding.


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Zhekov,Y. K. (2013). Consciencein Recovery from Alcohol Addiction: Exploring the Role ofSpirituality in Conscientious Transformation.Eugene: Wipf and Stock Publishers