Prescription Opioids: A Case Study

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This patient has been taking medication because they suffered a sports injury in 2010. The pills have been prescribed from by their PCP. Therefore, the client tested positive for opiates. The client also states that they have never had any issues with drugs in the past and that they have never had any problems with their professional license or employment. I would use the Prescribed Opiates Scale (PODS) in order to assess this client. The PODS may provide both an entry point and a framework for a patient-centered clinical dialogue about the pros and cons of the use of opioid medicines for managing chronic pain. Prescription Opioids are medications that are chemically similar to endorphins. Prescription opioids usually come in pill …show more content…

Therapist commonly recognize the importance of positive processes in therapy and use client strengths to impact therapeutic change. Incorporation of a strength perspective in counseling is thought to prevent problems and promote human growth; Researchers have also recognized the importance and helpfulness of accessing and using the strengths of clients to gain client cooperation and acceptance of therapy (Tyrrell, 2009). I would approach goal setting with the client by focusing on the positive outcomes and their strengths. I would also explain to the patient the importance of completing therapy in order to maintain her employment. Client stated that they have never actually considered stopping with medication or reassessing their pain care. I would explain to the client that therapy can help by reevaluating the impacts of the medication. I would also communicate with the patient that therapy can assist in resolving issues that they may not be accepting and also help them find new coping skills with their …show more content…

It is important for both professional to share opinions/concerns about the client’s improvement in order to better their quality of life. Counselors see patients more than the PCP; they can suggest what is best for the client and discuss any side effects that they have noticed. The role of the counselor is dependent upon the PCP. It is always important to attend meetings regarding the client, make follow-up phone calls, and discuss any issues the client is facing. A collaboration between professional benefits the clients; the clients will be able to have the best care

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