Father Worried About Daughter Using Adderall Without...
Caller: 43-year-old father calling on behalf of teenage daughter
Problem: Adderall addiction
Seeking: Inpatient treatment options
Reason(s): Caller is worried about his daughter abusing Adderall without being prescribed the drug. According to the caller, the daughter started taking the medication after having bought it from a friend. The caller said, “She admits that she bought it from a friend who has an actual prescription. She says that at first it was something that helped her study, but now if she doesn’t use it she might have hallucinations or a seizure based on what I read on the Internet.” According to the caller, something needs to be done because he is noticing a change in his daughter’s behavior. “She is acting different than she did before. I know young women going through puberty are supposed to have mood swings, but recently it has been out of control.” Caller would prefer a treatment option somewhat close to home that would allow both the caller and his wife to visit occasionally. Caller said, “While I hope to be able to visit her, I also know that a good treatment center is more important than visitation options. She is young and has her whole life ahead of her; she should not be wasting her time abusing prescription drugs that she took because she was young and stupid.” We discussed possible treatment options that is within a 75-mile radius and offers in-patient treatment.
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