Caller: 29-year old man calling on behalf of his friend
Problem: Addiction to opioid pain relievers
Seeking: Wants an intervention specialist to present rehab treatment options
Reason(s): Man states that his friend is what many refer to as a ‘work-aholic’. The caller said, “He manages to make it to work most of the days, which is not surprising because he works in fast-food and does not need to be up very early. Any other job and he probably would have been fired a long time ago. Of course, as you might understand, a part-time fast food employee does not earn enough to keep the addiction going. So he sells drugs on the side as well.” The caller is worried that his friend is not only going to continue using, but also ends with a felony possession or distribution charge, the victim of drug violence, or worse. The man states that they have tried to make his friend understand that something needs to change, but so far, nothing has resolved the problem. The caller said, “We have tried talking to him, sitting him down, even going so far as to ignore him completely, but nothing has made a lick of difference so far. What we need is a true drug intervention professional who understands how to reach him, how to have that contact with him and show him we care without him completely shutting down on us.” A conversation is set up with a drug intervention specialist to discuss the possibility of setting up an intervention for the user as soon as possible.