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Counselling People on Prescribed Drugs
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Counselling People on Prescribed Drugs



April 1995 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This book is useful and interesting... counsellors will enhance their knowledge and skills in working with people taking prescribed medicine' - Drug and Alcohol Review

`Hammersley explores the uses and limitations of drug therapy for patients suffering from depression, anxiety and related disorders... Although many therapists welcome psychopharmacology for their clients, there are still many who feel that drug treatment is a stop-gap measure at best. This book provides an examination of the issue and offers some good advice about helping clients withdraw from drugs and cope with their realities drug-free' - Contemporary Psychology

This practical guide is for practitioners working with clients taking prescribed drugs. Describing the uses and limitations of psychotropic drugs and their effect on the counselling process, the author shows how clients' underlying and often deep-seated problems cannot really be solved until they are drug-free and have recovered from their drug use.

Providing a sound theoretical base and factual information backed up by case examples, Diane Hammersley lays down guidelines for assessment, drug withdrawal and the appropriate counselling 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 behaviour - and suggests when and how to counsel and when to refer on.

 
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

`This book is useful and interesting... Prescribers will be given an opportunity to view the counselling perspective, and counsellors will enhance their knowledge and skills in working with people taking prescribed medicine' - Drug and Alcohol Review

`Hammersley explores the uses and limitations of drug therapy for patients suffering from depression, anxiety and related disorders... Although many therapists welcome psychopharmacology for their clients, there are still many who feel that drug treatment is a stop-gap measure at best. This book provides an examination of the issue and offers some good advice about helping clients withdraw from drugs and cope with their realities drug-free' - Contemporary Psychology

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