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.