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Case Study and Treatment Plan for Donna “Patty” Cunningham
John Prayer
Liberty University
SUBS 505

Case Study and Treatment Recommendations

Name: Donna “Patty” Cunningham
DOB/Age: 34
Dates of Interviews:
Evaluator: John Prayer

Patty is a 34-year old African American female of average build and height. Patty is the fifth of eight children. Patty has one child, Bobby, which she had when she was 14 year old. Patty admits to a long life of drug used which started around the time she was 16. Patty admits to having a difficult childhood which consisted of her being picked on a lot during her school years for being illiterate and being three to four years older than her classmates due to not starting
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Patty states that she earned about drug from watching others. She states that when she was 11, she remembers her brother, who was 17 at the time, and his girlfriend mixing and heating a liquid on a spoon and then injecting themselves in the arm with it. She states form that day she wanted to try it. She states that she even asked her brother if she could try it however at the time he refused to give her some then. Patty states that her first use of any drug came when she 15. She states remember waking up and witnessing her mother and one of her girlfriends injecting a substance in to their arms. She states after further question of her mother she was told it was something called “Bam” which was an amphetamine type substance used for euphoria and energy. She remembers asking her mother to let her try it but she refused. She stated at that point it was something she wanted to try so she told her mother that if she didn’t let her try she would find other means to do so, so her mother let her try it. Patty states that from that day forth her and her mother continued to use together until they graduated to Heroin. Patty states that her life has been in a downward spiral since then. She admits to have numerous run ins with law enforcement due to her current drug use. Patty admits that she has the HIV virus along with her mother and one of her brother and she contributes it to them engaging in high risk behaviors like