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    Treatment Needed For Friend’s Whippet Addiction

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    Treatment Needed For Friend’s Whippet Addiction

    Caller: 29-year old man calling on behalf of his friend

    Problem: Whippets addiction

    Seeking: Non AA treatment, non 12 step program

    Reason(s): The man admits that he struggled with whether or not to call in the first place. He said, “You realize that someone has a problem, but at the same time, this person has been like a family member to me for a long time, it felt like I was betraying someone very close to me by calling him out like that. At the same time, if someone has a serious problem that they are unable to address themselves, wouldn’t it make sense to help?” The man believes that his friend is struggling with a serious dependence on whippets. He said that he looked up information online and believes that taking steps right away is imperative. “I am not a drug expert, I have never done drugs in fact, but I can read and do my research online. It is obvious that this type of stuff can have serious consequences on the brain. I think that the longer he waits with getting help, the longer he is doing serious damage to his brain. I would hate myself if I allow him to do something to his brain that cannot be undone at a later date.” The man wants to get help for his friend immediately; preferably a program that gets to the underlying cause of the issue, such as individual counseling, as to why he started using in the first place.

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