You receive a call on your cell phone from your 30-year-old childhood friendPeterwhom you have not seen for the past year. Both of you grew up in the same community, went to the same schools, and had the same friends. Peter confides that when you last saw him two-years ago, he was beginning to struggle with the taste he had developed for Tequila on the rocks! Now, he finds himself binging on weekends and, since he has started to feel somewhat nervous early in the morning, he began smoking 2-3 packs of cigarettes to try to calm his nerves. Peter believes that since he started to add cannabis to his cigarettes 6-months ago, he felt much calmer, and he is glad that he can now buy it without being afraid that he is doing something illegal. But, Peter tells you, weed didnt seem to work for long and he decided that perhaps pills will do a better job! When you ask what kind, he states, “Anything I can get my hands on! But I prefer benzos (benzodiazepenes) and some Oxys (oxycontin, which is an opioid).” Peter proceeds to complain about his MD who has refused to write him another script for pain medication for the football injury he received while he was in high school.
After you get off the phone, naturally, you are very concerned about Peter. You cant help thinking if the situation could have been avoided if Peter had been able to access prevention services when you both were growing up. So, you click on to the NYS-OASAS website on Prevention: . You poke around to see what is available although you arent sure it can be helpful to Peter now. You scroll down and click on the PREVENTION RESOURCE CENTER link, and you locate the county in which you were both raised. You then take a look at the types of prevention services and settings that are now available.
If you had to refer Peter for services when he was an adolescent, which 2 interventions or intervention settings might you have chosen? Compare and contrast the characteristics of these 2 interventions or intervention settings and why they may or may not be helpful to an adolescent.
If you were a Counselor in any of the 2 interventions/intervention settings and you had to work with Peter when he was a teenager, what might be some of your responsibilities?
Would Peter benefit from primary prevention now? Why yes or why not?