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APPLICATION OF TRANS-THEORETICAL MODEL AND APPROACHES TO HEALTH PROMOTION IN TACKLING ALCOHOL ABUSE

Globally, alcohol abuse continues to constitute a global social and public mental health problem, with increasing morbidity and mortality indices. As a stage by stage behavioral problem, alcoholism could be tackled using a behavioral change model. Requiring multidimensional and multidisciplinary approach to curb the current health, social and economic challenges associated with it, nurses must work within the context of scientifically sound evidences (evidence-based care), using appropriate theories and models in managing alcohol abuse or misuse syndromes. This paper explores the Prochaska and DiClemente’s (1984) Multistage Trans-Theoretical Model (TTM) to propose transforming the addictive behavior of victims of alcohol abuse from one level to another. In adopting this model, the paper also aims to incorporate educational and empowerment approaches with TTM as a synergized model to achieve the desired change in behavior of the people that misuse alcohol. TTM model establishes itself as a suitable analytic and care model for integrating the process of behavior change and promoting health among alcohol abuse victims, since people will be educated and empowered at various stages using this model. This synchronized model should offer nurses, especially those in addiction care a multi-stage, client-centered approach to manage alcohol related addiction.

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