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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
`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