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    Friend’s Heroin Addiction Worsening Because Of An Enabling Relationship

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    Friend’s Heroin Addiction Worsening Because Of An Enabling Relationship

    Caller: 26-year old man regarding his friend

    Problem: Heroin addiction

    Seeking: Heroin rehab options

    Reason(s): The caller says that his friend has always experimented with drugs and even sold some on the side to fuel that experimentation. However, the caller states that his friend’s new relationship has been enabling him to use far more than he did before. “Yeah it is a real love story, they met at a party and decided to do coke together in the bathroom and share the costs – regular Romeo and Juliet right there, isn’t it?” The caller said it did not end there, “Of course they made it worse because they would go on crazy binges together. She introduced him to heroin and he has taken upwards of $500 out of his savings account before and just bought as much heroin as they could. They sit in their little [expletive] apartment and just use until they black out.” The caller states he talked to his friend recently when the friend was extremely ill from heroin withdrawal. According to the caller, his friend admitted that it became something that he had to do rather than something he finds enjoyable. “He needs help because he knows it is a problem, he knows it is bad for him, and he cannot bring himself to stop. He needs to get out of that relationship and out of that cycle of using. I suppose that if no one else will make the call – I will have to.” He wants to know about all heroin rehab options.

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