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    Man Concerned About Partner’s Vicodin Addiction

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    Man Concerned About Partner’s Vicodin Addiction

    Caller: 36-year old man calling on behalf of his partner

    Problem: Vicodin addiction

    Seeking: Long term treatment options for substance abuse

    Reason(s): The man is worried that his partner has developed an addiction to Vicodin. He says that the Vicodin addiction developed after a serious injury that left his partner’s ankle fractured in several places. The caller said, “I know that he has struggled with dependence before, I know his father was an alcoholic. I also know that he was/is in serious pain, but I now realize that this has just become an excuse to be able to pop more pain pills.” The man also said that he realized a problem existed once the pharmacy was closed for a holiday and it became impossible to renew the prescription. He said, “Once he realized that he was unable to get his ‘fix’ that day, he became increasingly frustrated, paranoid and even started sweating and dry heaving throughout the weekend. That was a clear indicator to me that this was not just someone who needs painkillers to make it through the day without discomfort; this is the behavior that you might see from someone struggling with drug addiction.” The man is interested in finding a long-term treatment option to ensure that his partner is not only drug-free, but also has a chance to evaluate the addictive potential of substance use.

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