Case 3: Angela Angela is a 41-year-old African-American woman from Durham, NC. She has been smoking cigarettes for as long as she can remember. Lately, though, she has noticed that her friends have all quit and seem to be coming around less often. She figures their absence is due to the cigarette constantly, firmly planted between the index and middle fingers of her right hand. It is time to quit. Angela does not consider herself to be an “addict” because she does not use “drugs.” She does not drink alcohol and she does not take pills—“nothing.” She does, however, smoke between two and three packs of cigarettes per day. She has tried to quit once, using a nicotine patch, but “it didn’t even slow [her] down.” Angela thinks that cognitive-behavioral treatment might be something that she would like to try, but that she will most likely need some medication as well. “I just like smoking, I’m going to like it, and need it, and want it all of the time. If I’m going to quit, I gotta be able to get my mind off it,” she says.
For this Assignment, review the case studies in the Learning Resources. Recall the factors used to determine the appropriateness of the medication used to treat a client’s substance abuse. Anticipate side effects of the medication used in treatment. Consider the role of the counselor to convince the client to follow through with the prescribed treatment.
In a 2- to 3-page APA-formatted paper, include the following:
- Explanation of the factors that indicate the appropriateness of the medication in potentially treating the client’s substance abuse
- Explanation of the expected side effects of the medication and the counselor’s role in monitoring these side effects
- Justification of the medication to advocate for its use to encourage the client to continue with treatment