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    Cousin’s Percocet Abuse Graduating To Other Drugs

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    Cousin’s Percocet Abuse Graduating To Other Drugs

    Caller: 27-year old man calling on behalf of his cousin

    Problem: Percocet addiction

    Seeking: Alternative, non 12 step rehab program

    Reason(s): The Man is concerned about his cousin abusing Percocet that was provided to his mother after a successful cancer surgery. He is concerned that as the supply of Percocet is running out, his cousin is going to turn to other illegal alternatives or start becoming involved in the purchase of Percocet on the street from third parties. He said, “After his mother made it through the surgery, she was in a lot of pain. We can just leave it at the fact that the surgery was in a not too pleasant location, but a complete success, nonetheless. However, she got Percocet to deal with the pain. Now I am personally not sure if he is experimenting or if he tried something else before, but it became clear very quickly that my cousin has a serious problem with a Percocet addiction.” The man is concerned about the transition into addiction or the cousin having to go cold turkey. He acknowledges that he read information online and had heard some horror stories about patients substituting Percocet for heroin to keep the dependence affordable. The man says, “I just need to get him help now while it is still manageable… I hope; but not in the traditional way, with 12 steps. I know his mom has to know that there is a problem unless he is actually getting her prescriptions. Either way, change is needed quickly.”

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