Posted: September 18th, 2017
You have been engaging a patient/client who uses heroin, for a couple of sessions. She is 24 years old, has a 5-year history of heroin use and is opioid dependent. There have been several episodes of withdrawal in the past and she has a drug using partner (not in treatment), part-time employment as a secretary, and 1 child aged 2. She is Hepatitis C AB positive and has a previous charge for possession of heroin and cannabis and is on a bond.
a) List the treatment approaches (and a brief description) that are available patients with opioid dependence.
b) For this patient, opioid substitution treatment is the treatment path chosen. Using information provided in the history explain:
• Why this is appropriate?;
• Which medication would be most suited? and;
The other aspects of treatment of this lady that are an important apart from medication.
c) Used appropriate and current references, academic referencing, grammar and application of research to the answer.
Consider the information provided in the history and relevant references in your explanation.
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