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    Caller Seeks Help For Friend Currently Struggling With Heroin Addiction

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    Caller Seeks Help For Friend Currently Struggling With Heroin Addiction

    Caller: 26-year old man for long time friend

    Problem: Heroin addiction

    Seeking: Treatment options for heroin

    Reason(s): Caller is wondering about possible rehab treatment options that may be available for someone struggling with an addiction to heroin. His long-time friend has recently confided in him that a previous addiction to the opiate pain reliever OxyContin has spiraled into a dependence on heroin. According to the caller, his friend was unable to pay street prices for OxyContin tablets but was also unable to curb his need to use. As a result, after some poor advice from an acquaintance, the caller’s friend tried heroin in order to find an affordable alternative to the previous substance of choice. When the caller discussed the situation with his friend, he learned that the user had been smoking heroin for several months now and had even contemplated injecting because he was told it would provide an even better sensation. The caller is interested in finding rehab options as soon as possible in order to avoid further damage. Caller stated, “It has become painfully obvious to him that he cannot take care of this problem on his own, he needs help, and he needs to find it fast, otherwise he is only going to get worse as time goes by.” He asked for several local or nearby options.

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