Alcoholic Family – Observation

What is Alcoholism – Alcoholism is a disease characterized by the habitual intake of alcohol. The definition of alcoholism is chronic alcohol use to the degree that it interferes with physical or mental health, or with normal social or work behavior. Alcoholism is a disease that produces both physical and psychological addiction. It is a prominent and most common problem in cases of substance abuse.

CASE STUDY – THE SINGH FAMILY LIVING IN INDIA
Karan Singh, a 38-year-old african immigrant, and his 35-year-old wife presented to a family services agency with the complaint of “family problems.” The Singh have been married for twelve years and they have two children (a son aged 6 and a daughter aged 8). They have lived in the africa for eight years. He worked as a machine worker in a factory for five years before being recently “laid off.” He presently works as a day laborer. Mrs. Singh works as a housekeeper for a family.
Mr. Karan complains that his wife has recently started “to nag” him about his drinking. He admits that during the last few months he has increased his intake of alcohol, but denies that this is a problem for him, as he drinks “only on the weekends, and never during the week.” He drinks every weekend, but is vague about the actual amount.
Mr. Singh and his wife speak of the difficulties they experience in living in the africa. Neither speaks. Mr. Singh  admits to being quite worried about his previous lay off, adding that he didn’t want to “let the family down” in his responsibilities. As a result, he works long days in order to make ends meet. His weekend drinking is, for him, his way of relaxing, which he feels that he deserves.

The following procedure must be followed to reduce, if not solve, the problem of alcoholism Step by Step :-
1. Identify and sort through the relevant facts presented by the Singhs.

2. Identify the problems, issues, concerns that arise with the Singhs.

3. Identify the positive and strengths aspects of the Singhs situation.

4. Analyze the issues in terms of knowledge presented in the training modules.

5. Use training materials to develop a list of options and an initial plan of action for social work intervention with the Singhs .

6. Identify any additional information, research knowledge, and resources that are needed to develop and select options; identify ways to gather what you need; gather what you can.

7. Develop a strategy for social work practice with the Singhs . Be sure that you have a concrete and specific strategy for how you would address alcohol-related issues with the Singhs . Consider what kinds of reactions you might expect from each of the Singhs , and develop a plan for how to respond to them. What kinds of referrals in your practice community would you make and why? What are the intervention goals?

7a. Does the Singhs ‘ original nationality matter in this case?

8. Identify methods for evaluating outcomes of your plan and next steps/revisions of the plan, depending on various possible outcomes.

9. Discuss implications for community intervention, prevention planning, social policy reform, and advocacy that are associated with the Singhs ‘ situation.
If anyone even slightly resembles the problems as faced by the Singhs’ family, the following step to step procedure should be followed along with the doctors aid for a better result.

-Deeksha Khatri

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