VALUES CLARIFICATION ESSAY Part I Purpose: This assignment provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and articulate your

VALUES CLARIFICATION ESSAY Part I
Purpose: This assignment provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and articulate your awareness of your current beliefs and knowledge about individuals who use and misuse drugs and alcohol and about those who are afflicted with other types of addictions. This assignment also provides you with an opportunity to critically think about historical and contemporary attitudes toward persons who are addicted, as well as the values underlying public policy that influence responses to this problem.
Relevant Course Objectives: This assignment addresses attainment of Course Objectives a, b, f, h, i, j, k
Descriiption: Write a two-page paper that describes your beliefs about persons who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. You may also discuss your beliefs about persons who compulsively eat, shop, gamble, have sex, video gaming, and/or use the Internet/Technology.
In your essay, please respond to the following:
• To what extent do you think alcoholism and addiction reflect personal weakness or a lack of willpower?
• Do you think one can truly be addicted to food, sex, gambling, shopping, tanning, or the Internet/Technology?
• What is your current understanding about people who attend self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, or Overeaters Anonymous?
• What do you think is the most appropriate use of criminal justice sanctions for persons who are addicted to drugs or alcohol?
• What are the ethical issues around pregnant and parenting mothers who are addicted?
• What are your personal and professional reservations about working with persons who are addicted?
• What has mystified you that you want to understand, in particular, about substance use disorders or other behavioral (process) addictions?
• What talents, abilities, skills, and knowledge do you possess that you think will serve you well when working with persons who are addicted and their families? Please discuss particular populations of interest.