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    Weekend Cocaine Habit Could Be Developing Into An Addiction

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    Weekend Cocaine Habit Could Be Developing Into An Addiction

    Caller: 24-year old man calling on behalf of his friend

    Problem: Cocaine habit

    Seeking: Interventionist for friend

    Reason(s): The caller is concerned that his friend’s new relationship could be what is going to push him into a cocaine overdose and could lose his employment. The caller stated that his friend uses coke on the weekends, saying, “I am not going to condone cocaine use, but the guy is an adult. So when he decides that he wants to party on the weekend, I am not about to tell him that he can’t”. The caller is concerned because the new relationship of his friend is with someone who has a long-term coke habit. Caller said “It is becoming painfully obvious that he is developing a coke habit himself, what he did on the weekend now pales in comparison to what he will do on an average Wednesday”. The caller is concerned that his friend’s long-term health could be impacted but also worried that his friend will be fired for drug use. The caller states, “He works for the local government, so I have no doubt that he will be drug tested eventually. However, when I bring that up, he just tells me that I need to stop worrying so much. I know that if he loses his job it might just make things worse.” He has decided to speak with a professional interventionist regarding his friend.

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