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    Man Concerned For A Friend After A Methamphetamine Relapse

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    Man Concerned For A Friend After A Methamphetamine Relapse

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

    Problem: Methamphetamine addiction

    Seeking: Interventionist, long-term treatment facility

    Reason(s): The man is concerned about a friend who has had long-term struggles with methamphetamine addiction. After a recent relapse, the man is worried that his friend is going to have more issues down the road. He said, “He relapsed after going out drinking. The local high school that we both went to managed to win some stupid state championship and he was swept up in the euphoria. He started drinking, and for some reason, one thing led to another. He relapsed pretty heavily that day, but he has been using more ever since.” He is concerned that what could have been a one-time relapse has become a far more serious issue because his friend is not taking the situation seriously. He said, “I told him right away that he needed to get help, he said that because it happened once or twice does not mean that he needs help. I just think that this is the addiction talking rather than someone who has actually considered what is going on.” He wants to know if there is a way for him to get help, possibly even consider an intervention if that were to mean that his friend might get the necessary long term help he needs.

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    1. a relapse is something i’ve always feared. we’ve spent to much on my husband’s therapies & rehabs (3 already). all those times after rehab, he relapsed. on the last one, i threatened to divorce him, so he came clean and said even without rehab, he will keep himself from relapsing. we now see a marriage counselor, with some sessions focusing on drug abuse/addiction etc. i hope it helps him in the long run because god knows im very tried, drained and exhausted from all these. sometimes i think the addict is gonna do fine with their choices, but wives like me, we die every day!!! there’s absolutely no guarantee rehabs will work. and sometimes even if i’m pretty confident they’ll help a lot, i could be dead by then.

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