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    Man Concerned About Friend With Methadone Addiction

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    Man Concerned About Friend With Methadone Addiction

    Caller: 47-year old man calling on behalf of his friend

    Problem: Methadone addiction replacing previous addiction

    Seeking: Inpatient treatment options to resolve friend’s substance abuse issues

    Reason(s): The man states right up front that his friend previously had a drug problem, had developed a tolerance on opiate painkillers, and eventually resorted to smoking heroin, giving into his cravings. The man says “I know that he managed to get help once before, but rather than actually deal with the problem altogether, they decided to switch him to methadone. Now I know that this is something that will help him, but he is actively buying methadone from other people now. He is simply exchanging one way of getting high for another.” The man is concerned that his friend is only deluding himself into believing that this is somehow a safer alternative. He said, “He tells me that because methadone is prescribed, it is somehow safer. I tried telling him that this might be the case if he was only using the prescribed dosage, but the way he is using it, does not apply.” The man wants to know how he should address the issue, would like to know if there is anything specific that he should or should not do, and wants to know whether treatment is possible for methadone addiction.

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