Caller: 36-year old man calling on behalf of his wife
Problem: Valium addiction
Seeking: Long-term, inpatient program for Valium and alcohol addiction
Reason(s): The husband is worried that his wife is abusing Valium to the point where she does not know what is going on a lot of the time. He realizes that his wife started taking Valium because it helped her ‘unwind’ and because of the feelings of relaxation and drunkenness that it provided. The husband says, “I know that this is a problem that has been a long time coming. I also realize that I probably should have stepped in at some point when I knew she was actually using this stuff. I did not know that it would become the problem it has though.” He said that blackouts have been common in their household, especially now that his wife is also abusing alcohol. He states that he does not want his two young sons in the home with his wife if she is abusing the drug, and is considering a drastic change if she refuses to get help. He said, “With the summer vacation coming up before too long, I can’t have my two boys at home with their strung-out mom while I am at work. If I have to cut her out, I will have to do that. I made it very clear to her, either you get help, or you risk losing your family. She needs a place to go, no matter how long it takes, to beat these addictions”.