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    Daughter Dependent On Benzodiazepines Without A Prescription

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    Daughter Dependent On Benzodiazepines Without A Prescription

    Caller: 42-year old Mom calling on behalf of her daughter

    Problem: Addicted to benzodiazepines

    Seeking: Long-term inpatient recovery

    Reason(s): A mother is concerned that her daughter has been taking benzodiazepines without a prescription. After reading more about the drug on several different official websites, she is concerned that her daughter’s benzodiazepine abuse could become a serious problem if she told her to stop using ‘cold turkey’. The caller stated, “She said that the pressures of fitting in and trying to be popular were too much for her to deal with. That she got this drug from a friend who had extra. That alone is enough to break a parent’s heart, but to hear that your only child is using drugs prescribed for someone else is even worse.” The mom said that she wants to take advantage of the prolonged summer break coming up soon. She wants to send her daughter to a drug rehabilitation facility that would not only allow her to break her dependence on benzodiazepines, but also allow her to live life without resorting back to illicit substances to cope with stress or anxiety. The mom said, “I want to be clear on this, she needs to get the help she needs to get better. She does not need someone shaming her or telling her that she did something wrong, she feels bad enough already. That is one of the reasons we are in this mess in the first place.”

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