Reply To: Medication Adherence


The importance of rapport and education of client is key here. I recently had a client decide to discontinue his medication. Due to our rapport he was able to be open with me and his psychiatrist about why he wanted to discontinue. We all explored the risk and benefits involved with stopping medication together. We also gave him other medication options that could avoid side effects he was experiencing. At the end of it all he made the informed decision to stop his medications. Together with the client we came up with a plan if symptoms were to come back (ie. PRN medications, safety planning etc). We also took the time to review his relapse prevention plan and update it. His family of course were involved in this process so they took can help look out for symptoms of relapse.