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Counselling People on Prescribed Drugs

Counselling People on Prescribed Drugs

July 1995 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
For any helping professional who is working, or wanting to work, with clients taking prescribed drugs, this book is a must. In a practical and comprehensive manner, Diane Hammersley clearly describes the uses and limitations of psychotropic drugs, their effectiveness, and effect on the counseling process. She then lays down guidelines for assessment, drug withdrawal, and the appropriate counseling approaches to consider while clients are still taking drugs or are withdrawing from drug use. She also explores more complex problems--such as overdosing, psychotic episodes, and antisocial behavior--and suggests when and how to counsel and when to refer on. Providing a sound theoretical base and factual information--backed up by useful case examples--this book is a must for clinicians, counselors, social workers, and mental health professionals working with clients who have been prescribed drugs.

The Purpose of Prescribing
The Counselling Perspective
Assessment and Setting Goals
Drug Withdrawal and Learning Alternatives
Maintaining the Change
The Return to Reality
Some Complex Areas