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    Man Worried About Friend Who Has Become Dependent On Cocaine

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    Man Worried About Friend Who Has Become Dependent On Cocaine

    Caller: 28-year-old man calling on behalf of 29-year-old buddy

    Problem: Cocaine addiction

    Seeking: Rehab options for cocaine addiction

    Reason(s): The caller is requesting more information about possible treatment options for one of his good buddies with a cocaine addiction. He says that the person struggling with addiction to cocaine has gradually become more entranced by the drug. He said, “At first it was just something he would do on the weekends, which I honestly had no problem with. However, then it became something that he would do every other day, and now he is always snorting. I honestly can’t remember the last time he went without coke for a day or two”. Caller states that his friend has stayed home from work before because of constant sniffling or frequent nosebleeds and is worried that frequent absences may lead to the individual losing his job. He said, “I have tried it myself, I liked it but it is not something that I would want to do every day, it was something to have fun with. I don’t know why, but clearly he can’t just use it for fun anymore and I’m worried about him losing his job and what might happen next.” Caller was provided the phone number of an inpatient detox facility that is approximately 30 minutes from where the caller is located.

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