This paper provides a case study of one Rosa Lee Cunningahm, a 56 year old African American female that is addicted to heroin. The case study information is given from information provided in the book Rosa Lee: A Mother and Her Children in Urban America by Leon Dash. The paper provides Rosa Lee’s psychosocial history, current status and indicators of substance abuse in various aspects of her life. It outlines Rosa Lee’s social and occupational functioning, financial problems, family, legal, health and spiritual history. The paper provides a possible diagnosis of opioid use disorder and stimulant use disorder. In addition, several treatment options are included to bring Rosa Lee to a place of healthy functioning such as family therapy, cognitive therapy and group counseling.
Name: Rosa Lee Cunningham
DOB/Age: October 7, 1936
Dates of Interview: October 7, 1994
Reason for Assessment
Rosa Lee Cunningham is a 56 year old African American was referred for detoxification services from George Washington University Hospital where she was being treated for complications from improper medication dosage; she presents unaccompanied and voluntarily. Rosa Lee reports that has been shooting heroin daily for approximately twenty years with a year of sobriety in 1991 because she developed a seizure disorder. Rosa Lee shared that she began “skin popping” under the hand and fell back into heroin use in December of 1992 because she was sad that no one came to see her for Christmas; however she shared that she did not get high because she was on methadone at the time (Dash, 1996, p. 118). Rosa Lee reports that the amount of heroin used varies depending if she has any money or is able to find any. She also reports a history of shooting “Bam” or Preludin. She first began shooting Preludin to increase energy and lose weight when she learned that her girlfriend “Lucky” was using it. Her son’s girlfriend helped her inject herself with Preludin...