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    Friend Substitutes Alcohol Addiction For Opiate Addiction

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    Friend Substitutes Alcohol Addiction For Opiate Addiction

    Caller: 23-year old man for his friend

    Problem: Opiate pain relievers

    Seeking: Treatment program that doesn’t use drug-replacement therapy

    Reason(s): The caller starts the conversation by saying that his friend was an alcoholic as early as high school, stating, “Let’s just say that he has an addictive personality, he smokes and he used to drink in excess, and now this.” The caller states that after losing his job and his girlfriend in the same month, his friend finally recognized that a change was necessary and he had to stop drinking. However, the caller states that he believes that there is an underlying issue for his friend that has not been addressed. The man said, “He was someone who would drink to excess, he would drink until he blacked out. I have to admit, he stopped drinking altogether, and as far as I know, he never touched the stuff again. That sounds good, but I know that he has been using these painkilling pills to numb himself instead.” The caller said he recently had a heart-to-heart conversation with his friend to let him know that he needed to give up the reliance on these opiate pain relievers. The caller stated, “He realizes that in order to change his life for the better, he needs to give up this addiction too. This means that we are not looking for a drug-replacement therapy type of program. Because of his addictive personality, I believe that replacing one drug for another would do more harm than good.”

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    One Response to “Friend Substitutes Alcohol Addiction For Opiate Addiction”

    1. this happened to my roommate two years ago. we’re 3 in the apt, i was the only female. we’ve known each other for years from work off college. things were going OK for me, but for my two roomies, getting good jobs wasn’t so good. while the “wiser” one jumped down from his resume and qualifications to find jobs, our other room mate got stuck in the apartment, going online job hunting mostly, drinking a lot and only going out with his friends who are doing well in their yuppies career, until one day bills piled up on him. thats when he spiraled down. the thing is he wasn’t as irritable and as moody, but i knew there was something going on. soon there were folks coming over the apt that i havent seen before. i also started losing some stuff and there were so many things missing. but what we did find are opiate drugs, painkillers, actually. and then we confronted our roomie. we just kicked him out, no choice. it has become a trouble to us and we wanted him to get help but he said he doesn’t need it. yeah, denial is actually a sign he’s hooked or something. and we feel that as room mates, we relaly can’t handle the steps to help him. so he had to go to rehab. or back to his parents. been almost a year now. he’s still around, i have seen him twice or so. both times he begged to borrow money which i didn’t give him. he was so angry. the best we did then was call his parents and tell them of the problem. it’s all up to them now.

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