initial discussion post thread – min H u m a n i t i e s

initial discussion post thread – min H u m a n i t i e s

Discussions Complete by December 11th

Discussion 1

Pharmacotherapy and Therapy

Increasing knowledge about the biological factors that are a part of abuse and dependence has opened the doors for the development of drug therapies that may be useful in the treatment of addictive disorders.

The increased knowledge of brain chemistry and the various neurotransmitter systems that play a role in dependence opens a large array of possibilities for the development of drugs that can aid treatment.

Intervention and Twelve-step, faith-based, other self-help support

Beyond the web-based self-assessment tools described earlier, the Internet is also a vehicle for brief motivational interventions. The best known is the Drinker’s Check-up, designed for use with at-risk drinkers and alcohol-dependent individuals who are ambivalent about changing their drinking.

Possibly at the opposite end of the spectrum from technological approaches is the matter of spiritual counseling. Those with alcohol problems may have a need for pastoring, “shepherding,” or spiritual counseling, as do other members of the population. In fact, their needs in this area may be especially acute.

  1. Complete a research and list as many types of pharmacotherapy medications used for treatment of alcoholism.
  2. After completing the research, select the top two that you believe would be the most effective and explain why.
  3. Discuss the pros and cons of the two pharmacotherapy medications you selected. Would you elect to opt for the use of pharmacotherapy medications, explain?
  4. How do spiritual concerns fit in with alcohol use and alcohol dependence?
  5. Analyze Intervention and the Twelve-step program. What are their benefits and what are their areas of possible nonaffective use? Of the two which would you prefer to work more effectively and why.

Discussion Participation (30%)

Grading Rubric and Participation Requirements


  1. One primary post (New Topic) as your initial discussion post thread – min. 200 words/post
  2. One secondary response (Respond) to classmates – min. 100 words/post


  • All posts are to be substantive responses reflective of the reading content.
  • Each post will be graded per the overall grading rubric for content and adherence to the performance guidelines
  • Primary post earns up to 20 points
  • Response to peers earns up to 17.5 points

Posting Tip:

Posting is not just posting what every other student posts, but about bringing out original and insightful ideas on, in this case, the discussion board. Therefore, you should strive each week to improve your posting skills by offering thorough and clear writings by bringing up fresh perspectives on the given topic.

Due Date:

  • All discussion submissions must be entered by 11:59 pm EST Sundays as specified in the course schedule, with the initial post due on Wednesday.
  • No late submissions will be accepted or graded.

Other Requirements:

  1. Discussion questions must meet the APA formatting meaning you cannot just copy information from a website.
  2. Use scholarly peer-reviewed resources to support your viewpoints.
  3. Use a minimum of one resource to support your position.
  4. Do not write the website address as your reference ( but write the resource meeting the APA formatting. (Examples were provided under the announcements).
  5. DO NOT use resources such as Wikipedia, eHow, WiseGEEK, Wikihow, About… If in doubt please ask.

The purpose of the discussions are to discuss the topic(s) and further the discussion. It is a best practice when responding to your peers to:

  1. Write an overview of what the student stated
  2. Provide your original thoughts and opinion
  3. Utilize supporting resources
  4. Follow up with a question

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