Living with Tuberculosis and Fighting Alcoholism
Directly Observed Therapy
Although once very prevelant, tuberculosis and alcholism has decreased in this past century. However, there are instances where the disease has become more visable among the alcoholic population. It is very hard to treat the alcoholic population mainly because the clients failure to comply with the requirements of treatment. For this reason, the alcoholic and drug population is largely responsible for the steady occurrence of tuberculosis. This paper dicusses the effects of using alcohol on a person who is suffering with the disease of tubercuosis. It specifically focuses on the association between an individaul suffering with alcohol addiction and tuberculosis.
Tuberculosis is an infection caused by the organism Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is acquired by inhaling infectious "droplet nuclei." particles of respiratory secretions produced by coughing. These particles are small enough to remain suspended in the air and reach the small, terminal air passages of the lungs when inhaled. Prolonged exposure to these droplet nuclei is usually required for a person to become infected (Bnet.com) Although the disease has been reduced or controlled, those suffering with tuberculosis among the alcoholic population has been a huge issue in preventing its occurence in this country. Treatment for this particular population has proved to be hard because of the patients' failure to comply with the requirements of treatment, including taking prescribed medication and going to therapy. The purpose of this paper is to review recent research and resources available to those who have tuberculosis and are battling alcoholism. Counseling those individuals who are battling alcoholism and have tuberculosis can be a difficult task when clients fail to take their prescribed medication and their lack of cooperation with their therapy....