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    Father of Two Using Cocaine Unable To Quit Due To Long Term Use

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    Father of Two Using Cocaine Unable To Quit Due To Long Term Use

    Caller: Wife of 34-year-old male

    Problem: Husband’s cocaine addiction

    Seeking: long-term, inpatient treatment in Indiana or Illinois for husband’s cocaine addiction

    Reason(s): The couple has two children (a 6-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl) and has been married more than a decade – yet the wife is seriously considering leaving the husband, getting a divorce, and filing for sole custody. She stated that the sole reason behind this is the drug addiction. Husband used cocaine as nightlife enhancement during his college years and decided to experiment with the drug again several years later as something new and exciting. According to his wife, the experimentation eventually spiraled to increased use that led to addiction. Though the husband has said before that he was willing to stay clean, he has been unable to do so. Oftentimes he has said that the temptation was too great even after trying his hardest. The husband has completed traditional rehab before and is not interested in doing so again stating, “no one cares about you aside from the first week anyway.” After researching on the internet to look for alternatives, the wife has agreed to give long-term, inpatient treatment for cocaine a chance before filing for divorce. Wife would prefer a long-term, inpatient treatment in a neighboring state (Illinois or Indiana) to create some distance that would ensure that the treatment does not become public knowledge in the community and damage the children.

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