The client of focus is a twenty-seven year old, African American male who suffers from severe alcoholism. In order to protect the confidentiality of my client he will be referred to as Johnathan throughout this paper. Johnathan has a daughter that is 5 years of age who also suffers from the consequences of her father’s actions. Before interviewing I explained to Johnathan that anything he shared with me would be completely confidential, and that he could stop at any time during the interview if he felt uncomfortable. I also explained to him that the purpose of my paper was to simply assess his real life situation based on multiple theories in social work. To begin the interview off I went on to seek the root of Johnathan’s drinking problem. Johnathan shared with me that he doesn’t really know why he started drinking but, he knows why he continues to drink. He then expressed to me that he feels as if the ones he considers closest to him, including friends, and family judge him based on his lifestyle. He feels that he cannot make anyone proud, including his daughter.
About 4 years ago Johnathan was in a tragic car accident due to drinking and driving. He fell asleep at the wheel and drove his car underneath a parked 18 wheeler on the side of the highway. Johnathan not only put himself in danger, but also a friend of his that was passed out in the backseat. This caused Johnathan to have to have massive facial reconstructive surgery. Johnathan’s friend suffered minor injuries since he was lying down.
You would think that after this experience he would change his ways, if not for himself, but for his daughter. Johnathan still continued to drink heavily after this which put a toll on his relationship with his daughter and the rest of his family. His daughter constantly ask “where is daddy?” when she stays with his parents for weeks at a time. Johnathan has attended multiple rehab centers, Anonymous Alcoholics sessions, and other sources of counseling that his family thought would help him open his eyes and realize what danger he’s putting himself and his family in. Johnathan expressed to me that these sessions did nothing but make him feel worse about himself, which then led him to drink even more. It’s been years since the accident Johnathan continues to live with his parents. Of course his parents gave him a few conditions he had to abide by in order to continue living with them. One of them was to get a job and keep a job, and also no drinking. Johnathan said he felt like he was being treated like a child rather than the adult he is. He understood he had to prove himself to be trusted to his parents but he felt he could do it at his own pace, under his own conditions. In order to give Johnathan a head start on a job hunt, his father allowed him to come back to work for his construction company. Johnathan expressed to me that he was more than happy to work at his father’s company, he believed that was his father’s way of forgiving...