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    Friend’s Amphetamine Use To Lose Weight Has Become A Dependency

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    Friend’s Amphetamine Use To Lose Weight Has Become A Dependency

    Caller: 17-year old girl calling on behalf of her best friend

    Problem: Amphetamine addiction

    Seeking: Drug rehab options

    Reason(s): The caller is worried that what started as a dieting tool has become something far more addictive for her best friend. According to the girl, her best friend was interested in making the cheerleaders squad and realized that she needed to lose some weight to be eligible. According to the caller, “She tried caffeine pills before, and then tried the over-the-counter diet drugs. However, nothing was working fast enough for her. It was not until one of her friends offered some amphetamines that she started to notice the results she was after.” The caller said that her friend not only experienced weight loss, but also had feelings of self-accomplishment and increased confidence and energy. The caller believes that this is what made her friend abuse the drug even further, eventually leading to dependence. The caller said, “It was not until the off-season that she realized that she had a problem. Her friends might have recognized it before, but when she actually wanted to get off these drugs herself, she noticed that she developed an amphetamine addiction that she was unable to get rid of.” The girl stated that she made the call because they want to try to keep the information out of their parent’s hands for as long as possible. At least until they have an actual plan for recovery. She wants to know of any possible recovery options within a 50-mile radius.

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