Caller: Woman calling on behalf of her 68 year old mom
Problem: Vicodin and Oxycontin addiction
Seeking: Rehab options that includes a detox, any other alternative options
Reason(s): Woman says that she is worried about the behavior of her 68-year-old mother and fears that she may be struggling with an addiction to Vicodin and Oxycontin. Even though she is not entirely sure how the addiction got started, she does know that when the caller’s father died years back from cancer, her mother went through a period of depression. She knows that her mother originally received pain pills from doctors for her arthritis in her knees and hands, but does not know exactly where the rest of what she is taking is coming from. The daughter is genuinely worried that an overdose of Vicodin and Oxycontin could lead to her mother passing away in her sleep. She told me that she saw all the pill bottles in her mom’s cabinet and has tried throwing them out, but the mom now locks them up and hides them from her, preventing her from doing anything. The daughter is now feeling hopeless, realizing that after-all, she is her mother and her own person, but the daughter still wants to protect her and do what is right for her. Caller asks if there is any way that her mother could be forced to detox against her will and if not, what other alternatives may be available.