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    Man Concerned About Uncle With A Valium Dependency

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    Man Concerned About Uncle With A Valium Dependency

    Caller: 28-year old man calling on behalf of his uncle

    Problem: Valium addiction

    Seeking: Intervention specialist, addiction treatment options

    Reason(s): The man said that his uncle regularly struggles with anxiety and had been prescribed Valium about a year ago when other medications did not offer adequate relief. However, the man believes that his uncle is actively abusing the medication and finding ways to get more prescriptions. The man said, “He has made getting more of his prescription, into an entire routine. Because we only live about 45 minutes from the nearest state line, he has done his research and will get his prescription there first, then drive back home and get his prescription here. He is also trying to see if he can get a physician there, because that would allow him to get twice the dosage he is getting now.” The nephew believes that this is not behavior indicative of someone using medication properly, but rather suggests that his uncle might be struggling with addiction. He wants to know what the next step in the recovery process should be, whether to seek professional help first or whether to address the issue first. The nephew has asked for phone consultation with an intervention specialist to find out what the best course of action would be.

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    1. This came up as I was surfing the net for information about Valium addiction. Strongly suspecting my stepmom (she’s 51 years old) is also abusing the drug. She’s been prescribed around 2 yrs ago when dad passed away. My concern is she’s living alone, she’s pretty OK financially & has no child of her own (we’re three kids, by the way, when dad married her & treated us as her own). I started suspecting when she frequented her doctor, couldn’t wait to be in therapy, and recently, traveled to Canada on several occasions. I don’t want to hurt her by asking her about it, but I’d like to know more how to help someone with Valium addiction. Any help here?

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