The Book Tweak Of Critical Importance
Describe the main character. What drug does he use?
The Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) mainly deals with helping the affected people to build resilience and facilitates recovery. TIP targets the people who are already with risk of mental or those who use drugs or substances as it provides guidance and practices to the people who are attending to them. As a result TIP serves as the best remedy for the person discussed in the tweak book. In a nutshell, the tweak book presents Nic Sheff who was having disorder; he presents a true story of relapsing and a journey he went through to recover from this terrible and daunting problem (Sheff, 2012).With this in mind I will focus on incorporating and discussing the concept presented in the TIP manual as I integrate them with the content as discussed in the tweak book.
To start with, Treatments Improvement Protocols (Tips) is developed by the center for Substance Abuse Treatment. This made the TIPs developers to make informed decisions in regard to alcohol and other drug disorders which is becoming a major problem not only in US but also in the whole world. The amazing thing about TIP is that it is incorporates learning about the family therapy. Here the family not only refers to the nuclear or extended family but also the basic understanding of a persons fields thus incorporating the aspects of a persons work in their own restorative catalog.
The family plays a very significant role in the recovery of the person who is suffering from a mental disorder and the substance abuse. Therefore, TIP includes some activities that the family of the affected person should engage with. These activities help the family to be part and parcel of the standard treatment programs and they are referred to as the family involved treatment or techniques. The family in general helps the person to receive a direct assistance and support to help them deal with the addiction. The family therapy and techniques discussed in TIP could have been of great help to Nic because they offer a strategized methods and theories on how to help and support the person who is suffering from addiction (U.S. department of health and human services). As manifested in the Tweak book Nic as the main character is suffering a great deal something that he himself knew and wanted to get rid of irrespective of his numerous relapses. It is clear that he had so much trouble with the members of his family due to lack of understanding and other inconveniencies. However, his determination for change brought so much desire and urges to normalize his situation so that he can be in good terms with his family members and also those he had introduced to the substance.
Nic in the book tweak as the main character uses drug and thus suffers from mental problem. However, his mental disorder is not so severe for despite his relapses he is able to go back to sobriety. His problems have a great effect on his family and his interpersonal relationships with other people whom he encounters in his daily life. The problem that Nic have not only affects him but also those around him for it are well known that when a person is suffering from any disorder every person who is either directly on indirectly involved is affected if not infected. The story of Nic can be termed as an eye opener to any young person and to families and even to anyone who happens to read it. It is clear that he took his firs sip of a drink at the age of eleven and what followed was his unfortunate habit of smoking pot, cocaine and ecstasy where he became an addict to crystal meth and heroin. His problem deteriorated for he thought that he is at the top of his game and so he can be able to pick the pieces and restore his life any time he needed to. However, as he continued to relapse he was able to realize that it was not as easy as he thought; he mentions of a particular episode on one summer in California which made him to see the other side of the story and think out of the box (Michael, 2006).
He narrates his heartbreaking story with enthusiasm as he plunges the mental and physical depths of drug addiction. His story helps the reader as he paints a picture of a person at odds with his past, with his close relations especially his family, with the substance that he was so much addicted to, and even with himself. As a matter of fact the story has a harrowing portrait but it points out to only one thing which is the light at the end of the tunnel especially after his “storm” was over. This information is well represented in the concepts that are discussed in TIP for the guidelines it offers not only theorizes but practically helps the addict through his family and therapists to find a permanent solution to his/her problem.
Firstly, TIP has chapters that basically help those involved to gradually come to consensus and reach a concrete solution to the underlying problem.. It ends with the sixth chapter which aims at administrators and trainers as it presents them with the information on how to improve services to families and some policy implications. These chapters are very well implemented to hel the person receive therapeutic approaches. The information discussed in these chapters can be related to what Nic underwent through as he was trying to modify his behaviors. As a meth cocaine and heroine addict he went through a 12 chapter program with a very supportive sponsors. However, this did not deter him from going back to his habit from time to time which eventually made him to be so addicted that he hit the rock bottom as he sank to the wave of drug dealing as well as selling his body to other men. He was so much into substance abuse and substance dependence that he at sometimes felt that he could not survive without. This is discussed in the TIP as some of the chapters reveals that an addict can continue to relapse but this does not necessarily mean that the person will not fully recover from this addiction.
Secondly, TIP presents the information on the integrated models for treating family members. As this happens it helps the family as a whole to relate to the problem because TIP believes that total healing can only be found within the family system. Clearly in the tweak book the relationship of Nic with his sponsors, parents and siblings seems to be so tensed. This stems to the fact that he has an affair with a girl he thinks he loves whom everyone wants him to get rid of. Nic is also not in good terms with his younger brother and sister. This episode as represented by Nic shows that his family and sponsors are willing to assist him and they are doing so by advising him on the relationship he has with this particular girl. He talks about the heroin overdose of his girlfriend and how he saved her life using CPR, he also talks about the intense sex scenes he had with her and also the disturbing characters that this girl is involved with. To be precise he mentions of an addict who was about to be killed by his girlfriend as shot him in the head and also makes a mention of a drug client that he catches in the middle of a bondage sex act.
Therefore, as the family members and sponsors focuses on the bad influence this girlfriend has on him they try to show him something that can be termed as the route cause of his problem. This in itself as discussed in the concepts of TIP is a family way to help Nic to detach himself from the problem which can help him be able to achieve total recovery. History has it that the people that we engage with in most cases determine what we become in future. As a result, as Nic continues to push with this ill-mannered girl it could only lead to magnifying the problem rather than finding a way to get rid of the problem.
In the beginning of his life here on earth Nic Sheff was so attractive and very intelligent. Nevertheless, he was feeling empty and had a low self esteem, this drastically changed as he began to use methamphetamine which he claims that made him feel alive and whole. His main words were that methamphetamine made him to feel on top of everything. This became the turning point of his life as he did away with his career, changed his behaviors and attitude which was noticed by every one for he was so well- mannered and becoming a horrible person who seems to have no taste of future. This can be so daunting to the family but a discussed on TIP the family needs to work with the integrated model.
These levels are fully seen in Nics life for he had to choose change and to sober up when his father could not condone him anymore. His father gave him a choice: to either choose treatment or risk going to jail. Nic had to make a u-turn in his life when he chose to undergo treatment and this time it worked for his good. It is clear that TIP though it is a very gradual and lenient process it reaches a point where the family needs to give the addict an ultimatum in order to come up with long term maintenance of sobriety as seen through the action of Nics father.
Thirdly, TIP presents the background issues which can heighten or compel any family member to behave in a certain manner. This was not the case in Nic nuclear family for there was no registered or recognized information of any member who was into substance abuse.
In his book the beautiful boy the father states that some of the things confessed by Nic angered him greatly the like of stealing $8 from his younger brother. He also says that some of the things made him feel great pain for his son- as when he tells of his being forced to prostitute him in order to get drugs (Sheff, 2007). However, Nics father does not overly self-pity him. He declares that when clean and sober, Nic is a sensitive, caring, loving person who is intensely anxious and just wants to do things right (Sheff, 2013).Therefore, the environment of his family background does not have any negative impact but a very positive impact for it facilitated its change.
Moreover, as the concepts in TIP indicates Nic takes a combination of drugs and is labeled as a person with substance abuse. He is able to rectify his behavior after the reinforcement he gets from his father though he learns the hard way after being forced to either choose to go to jail or go to a rehab.
This is very clear as he accepted the responsibility to change for the better as he was caught stealing by his father. Strategic family therapy incorporates a family plan for relapse prevention which ensures that the person does not go back to his addiction.
Nic is a perfect example in his tweak book for he suffers from the substance abuse which greatly affects his family ties and also other important links in the society. The family plays a very significant role in the recovery of the person who is suffering from a mental disorder and the substance abuse. Therefore, TIP includes some activities that the family of the affected person should engage with. These activities help the family to be part and parcel of the standard treatment programs and they are referred to as the family involved treatment or techniques. The family in general helps the person to receive a direct assistance and support to help them deal with the addiction. The family therapy and techniques discussed in TIP could have been of great help to Nic because they offer a strategized methods and theories on how to help and support the person who is suffering from addiction. As seen in the Tweak book Nic as the main character is suffering a great deal something that he himself knew and wanted to get rid of irrespective of his numerous relapses. This was very obvious in Nics case for his family positively facilitated his change. His father was very good for he gave him a benefit of doubt by narrating his former behaviors which were good and admirable. However, he did not hesitate to rebuke them and make him go back to the right track when he found that his behavior were of the lane and too much to accommodate.