Online Program

A management model for a chronic disease called addiction

Monday, November 4, 2013

Sandra Rasmussen, PhD RN LMHC CAS-F, Psychology (health and counseling psychology); Public Health, Walden University, Williamsburg, VA
The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Genetics, together with bio-psycho-social-spiritual factors, account for the likelihood an individual will develop addiction. Yet individuals can learn to manage addiction much like people manage hypertension or type 2 diabetes: one day at a time. This presentation describes the structure, process, and outcomes of an Addiction Management Model. Nine constructs frame the model. Self and surroundings provide the structure; management and self-efficacy drive the process. Outcomes include change, lifestyle, and well-being as well as relapse and relapse prevention. Recognized theories ground the constructs; the Model invites evidence-based evaluation. Support for the Model comes from the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. The Model exemplifies the vision Healthy People 2020: a society in which all people live long, healthy lives. It reflects the overarching goals of Healthy People 2020. Addiction is a chronic disease. Addiction management is a way to realize a different, better way of life with purpose and meaning. Public health professionals can use the Addiction Management Model to help people learn to live well with a chronic disease called addiction.

Note: I am having difficulty affixing a diagram of the model.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Define addiction as a chronic disease. Explain the structure, process, and outcomes of an Addiction Management Model. Discuss use of the Addiction Management Model with a chronic disease called addiction

Keyword(s): Chronic Diseases, Management

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been recognized for my addiction competence in teaching, practice, management, research, and scholarship by the Virginia Public Health Association, the University of Minnesota, the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders, and by the many men and women with whom I share the fellowship of recovery.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.