Caller: 22-year old man calling on behalf of roommate
Problem: Cocaine and opiates addiction
Seeking: Long-term treatment, non faith-based program
Reason(s): The man realizes that he cannot function as a replacement parent for his roommate, nor can he take care of him constantly – but he does want to do something to help. He states that after picking up signs for several weeks, he just asked his roommate whether he was actually abusing drugs. The man said, “Even though I was rather surprised about the entire situation, he just came out and said that he was, and that he had started by smoking pot at a very early age.” He found out that his roommate eventually transitioned from marijuana to cocaine and opiates in the last year. He is not only scared because his roommate is struggling with drug addiction, but also because he has no idea where to seek help. He admits that he does know that state-sponsored facilities are often a less than stellar option for long-term recovery. He said that he would be willing to pay a bit more in rent every month to help his roommate out, but he could not continue that pattern for months. He is unsure what to do and wants to find a professional who can help with choosing between the different options. He said, “One good thing is that when I asked him straight to his face, he told me directly. It was almost like someone approached him straightforward enough for once that he could not avoid the question any longer.” He wants long term treatment options for his roommate that is non faith based in nature.