Case study 3

This under 18 young man had been arrested for possession of cannabis. He was living with his parents and had been referred to the project on two separate occasions: on the first occasion by a parent, on the second occasion by the Youth Offending Team.

On the first occasion the client received information about the effects of drugs and received advice on how to reduce drug use. An action plan was devised which the project worker reviewed with client each time they met. However, the client felt that at each meeting the project worker gave the client more things to do. On the second occasion, the client reported that another but better action plan was devised. This time, the project worker went through the consequences of getting arrested with cannabis and the effects of other drugs and alcohol. The client received a gym pass which allowed him to go the gym after college. The project worker had referred the client to a GP because the client was having problems sleeping. The caseworker also agreed to refer the client to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and make a referral to Connexions.

The client reported that he had reduced his cannabis use. He was arguing less with his parents and girlfriend. He felt more comfortable talking to people. He felt physically better and was sleeping better. He also reported that he had more money to spend on going out. He felt there was less chance of his getting arrested again.