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    Man Concerned About Friend’s Cocaine Use

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    Man Concerned About Friend’s Cocaine Use

    Caller: 44-year old man calling for friend

    Problem: Cocaine addiction

    Seeking: Addiction treatment for cocaine

    Reason(s): The man is concerned that his friend has become dependent on cocaine in recent months. He admits that he knew his friend ‘partied,’ but was unaware of how serious the problem was. He said, “I realized that he used cocaine at parties, on weekends. What I did not know is that he would use cocaine before going out with friends on a weekday, and he recently told me that he managed to miss three days at work because of his cocaine use.” He does realize that his friend is old enough to make his own decisions, but also understands that once ensnared in the clutches of addiction, it might be difficult for his friend to find his own way out. He said, “I think that his job is far more likely to fire him than they are to actually assist him in getting the help he needs for these issues. That is one of the reasons that I feel that it falls on me to help him get that help. Whether he takes it or not is not up to me, but I do know that if I do not try to help where possible, I will end up regretting it later on.”

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