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    Man Worried About Uncle’s Heroin Addiction

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    Man Worried About Uncle’s Heroin Addiction

    Caller: 36-year old man calling on behalf of his uncle

    Problem: Heroin addiction

    Seeking: Inpatient, long-term rehab options

    Reason(s): The man is concerned that his uncle is struggling with a heroin addiction, after replacing opiate painkillers with the dangerous substance. He said, “I realize that opiate painkillers are a leading cause of overdose throughout the country, I have been looking online to find out more information. However, when you hear that dreaded H-word, you get very scared, because for some reason it just makes everything seem so much worse.” He also said that his uncle was actively abusing prescription opiates, but has found that it is financially impossible to feed his addiction this way. When an acquaintance told him how much cheaper heroin would be, he made the switch without really considering the dangers associated with heroin abuse. He said, “I realize that he is just smoking heroin for right now, that sounds like I am making light of the situation, but I am really not. I am just thankful that he is not actively injecting. However, when you read all of the information about heroin, it says that shooting up increases the high, makes people feel better for less money etc. I am just wondering how long it is going to take before my uncle decides to start injecting to stretch his money and his supply. I just know that he needs help, and he needs it now.” He wants to find a place that will take him long term and give him the chance to clean up for good.

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    One Response to “Man Worried About Uncle’s Heroin Addiction”

    1. What’s with this kid’s worry? His uncle is an ADULT and this kid is just a KID! Why should be be responsible for an adult’s actions? Look, it’s the uncle’s choice of hell, why worry for him?

      This is preposterous! The thing I don’t understand about family members is that they seem somehow responsible & obliged to correct someone else’s trashy actions. It’s unfair, draining, emotionally burdensome… I don’t want my family to ever worry about someone else’s addiction, whatever for it is, because it’s a choice the addict got into!!!

      It would be different if a family member fell ill or got into trouble like finances, failed marriages, etc. But addiction? No way!

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