Defending Your Policy Proposal

Once you have built an agenda for your policy, developed a policy proposal plan, and strategically analyzed the composition of the audience to which you will present your policy proposal, you must now be prepared to defend it.

In this Assignment, you will submit a video presentation summary of the policy proposal you created from last week’s Discussion. This is a simulation for a presentation summary you would make to policy leaders.

By Day 7
Submit a video presentation summary of the policy proposal you created from last week’s Discussion. Be sure to incorporate feedback from your colleagues. Make sure that your summary presentation provides a solid rationale for the passage of your policy, using reputable sources from experts in the field. This should be a simulation of a summary presentation you would make to “real-world” policy leaders, so make sure you are succinct and informative. You can include any visual aids that you think help your presentation.

Your video should be 4–5 minutes and no more than 6 minutes.

Make sure that your assertions are supported by appropriate research and reputable resources. I will upload my paper that you will need for this assignment later.

Drug abuse refers to the excessive use of habit-forming substances which may lead to addiction. Drug abuse causes serious psychological which includes dysfunctional behavior patterns, memory loss and it can also lead to death. In this case study, Jose is only forty-two years old and he has been charged severally for offenses such as disorderly conduct and trespassing which were contributed by his substance abuse and alcoholism. I will examine the necessary policies and their significance in dealing with issues related to drug abuse.

First, it essential to financially support the individuals who are recovering from drug abuse. This may help in preventing or reducing the stresses which addicts may face when raising money for their rehabilitative services. For example, Jose explained to the social worker that he was disturbed since he was to pay for treatment at the drug facility since, Jose has no source of income therefore it was difficult for him to support his rehabilitative process.

Secondly, prevention interventions may be put in place to combat the issues related to drug abuse. These may include universal prevention which aims at preventing drug abuse across all people from a given population (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2016). For example, by reducing the accessibility and availability of substances. Selective interventions focus on a particular group which is at risk of drug abuse. For example, protecting children of substance-using parents. These approaches may help in reducing the impact of drug abuse.

Also, social workers should maintain a close relationship with an addict, this helps in monitoring the recovery progress of an individual (Plummer, Makris & Brocksen, 2013). Also, it is important because if there are no positive outcomes registered then other treatment techniques may be adopted. Importantly, the social worker should generate the recovery record by meeting the patient face to face; this is critical because the social worker can observe their client presently and this will help them to make a better assessment. These policies are aimed at reducing the cases of drug abuse and also help those who are under recovery. However, in attaining by implementing these policies there are trade-offs which may be encountered. For example, by providing financial assistance to the individuals in recovery it means that more resources have to be set for this process while other sectors receive reduced support and finances. Furthermore, more social workers will be required to efficiently take care of clients that are recovering, and this also means that more resources are required for this to work.

In conclusion, substance abuse addicts may encounter challenges during their recovery processes especially when they have no income sources to support their rehabilitation. It is important to implement policies which may aid in preventing addiction and help those who have already been addicted. This is possible by reducing the accessibility of substances and providing financial support to those who are undergoing rehabilitation.

References
Plummer, S., Makris, S. & Brocksen, S. (2013). Social Work Case Studies. In Concentration Year. Laureate Publishing.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2016). Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. Chapter 3 Prevention Programs and Policies. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK424850/

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