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Assimilative Integration of Gestalt Therapy in the Treatment of Pentazocine Drug Dependence: A Case Report

Igbokwe, D.O. and Agoha, Benedict Emerenwa and Akomolafe, A.C. and Manickam, L. S. S. (2012) Assimilative Integration of Gestalt Therapy in the Treatment of Pentazocine Drug Dependence: A Case Report. Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology, 39 (1). pp. 75-80.

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Abstract

Application of gestalt therapy is not common with Nigerian clients. The more common psychotherapy modalities are the indigenous psychotherapy models of either Harmony Restoration Therapy or Meseron Therapy. This paper presents a case report of Ms. J. E, a 28 year old single graduate, a civil servant. Client was misdiagnosed at the age of 24 years as being anaemic while undergoing her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Scheme and was placed on injectable Pentaxocine. Client became addicted to the drug, using it as a stimulant when depressed. Client’s abuse of the drug led her to stealing personal belongings of family members to purchase the drug. Client stole her mother’s gold trinkets worth about 5 million Nairas, which purportedly led the mother developing kidney failure and her eventual death. Client had gone for previous rehabilitation, which did not achieve positive result. Client was treated with gestalt therapy in order to resolve the unfinished business that she had with her mother. Client improved following treatment and is still stable after two years follow-up.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Dr. David Igbokwe
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2015 14:35
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2016 12:12
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/4864

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