Grandmother Wants Treatment Options For Grandson’s Painkiller...
Caller: Grandmother for her 24-year-old grandson
Problem: Painkillers, primarily Vicodin
Seeking: Biophysical detoxification
Reason(s): Grandmother is calling on behalf of her 24-year-old grandson who is currently struggling with a painkiller addiction. She states that her grandson was in a bad car accident when he was with his friends a few years back. She said that her grandson’s friend, who was driving, had too much to drink and lost control of the wheel. Because of the accident, her grandson is left with chronic back pain. Even though doctors recognize that the grandson is in pain, they also state that surgery would not benefit him at this point, which is the reason that instead of treatment, doctors proceeded to move into pain management instead. The grandmother said, “I realize that he needs something to numb the pain in his system, but the pills the doctors are giving him are doing more harm than good.” While she understands that chronic back pain may need to be medicated, she knows it does not mean that the medication should be taken recreationally or “just to help you sleep.” She is seeking biophysical detoxification in a facility that would be able to monitor her grandson closely to ensure that he does not suffer too much pain without it being absolutely necessary.
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