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    Mother-Fiancé-Son Relationship Hurt By Son’s Drug Use

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    Mother-Fiancé-Son Relationship Hurt By Son’s Drug Use

    Caller: 38-year old mom calling on behalf of her son

    Problem: Prescription opioids addiction

    Seeking: Inpatient treatment options with detox treatment

    Reason(s): The mother is worried that the relationship with her son is actively causing problems with her new fiancé. She knows that her son is struggling with prescription opioid addiction, but wants to make sure that steps are taken in order to salvage both relationships while it is still possible. She knows that the stress that has been placed on her romantic relationship might be too much to overcome if the situation continues the way it is. She stated, “I realize that I have two men who care about me, but my son certainly has a funny way of showing it. I know that you cannot judge addicts on their behavior, but that becomes increasingly difficult when you have someone who is openly taking money out of your purse to buy illegal drugs or who sells the iPod that you gave them for Christmas a few years ago.” She believes that she cannot give up on her son without a fight, but she needs to think about her other relationship as well. She wants to know what possible options are available, wants to know about the probability of relapse, the results of long-term drug abuse, and possible treatment facilities. She is looking for a combination of inpatient rehabilitation and detoxification to offer better long-term recovery chances.

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