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Two interfering variables that block auto remission are:
(A) society view on the severity of the behaviors the person is trying to change.
(B) the Stigma placed on the behavior, the person is trying to change. Ie drug use ALWAYS leads to addiction, and addiction doesn't get cured(1 ).

The impact societal view

Alcoholics who Believed they would fail had a high relapse rate(2 ).

Stigmas and Stereotypes can be powerful. Research showed that "solidly middle-class" African American students do not do as well as their white counterparts in certain academic settings, and they are more likely to drop out. Stanford University found that black students have lower scores when they know they are competing against white students (3 ).

Also someone's own view of aging can affect them mentally. Research has shown that if a person believed they would stay mentally sharp as they age, are much more likely to stay mentally sharp as they age. (4 ).

But auto-remission doesn't always happen how can we help the people don't go through auto-remission. The answer could be effective drug treatment. But there are barricades to effective treatment, two of them are:
A. Lack of sufficient stable funding for proper drug treatment.
B. No effective outreach programs(5 ).

Also anyone who's read the police blotter has seen many of the same names come up again and again In an experiment researchers found "Forced referrals to Alcoholics anonymous and to an alcoholism clinics failed to reduce the likelihood of recidivism among population of convicted chronic drunken offenders "(6 ).

An underlying mental illness may distort a persons use of a certain drug, researchers noted "Patients suffering from mental illnesses such as schizophrenia often have compromised awareness of their own symptoms and the severity of their disorder. This compromise can exacerbate symptoms and reduce responsiveness to or compliance with treatment,". So conventional methods of pointing out someone's drug abuse may not work (7 ).

Drug misuse and dependence may be based in part on biology. Researchers at National Institute on Drug Abuse identified 89 genes linked to drug misuse and addiction. These may predispose a person to addiction and drug misuse (8 ).

A trend that occurred in the 1980's, was simply called intervention, or formerly known as "Johnson Intervention". Interventions are promoted people who often claim it's the addicts only hope. The intervention basic ideal is family,friends and coworkers confront the drug user about his drug use. A word of warning, doing a "Intervention" does not mean the person will stop using drugs. Researchers found. People who took part in the Johnson Intervention had higher relapse rates than 3 of the other four groups studied(9).


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