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    Mother Seeks Heroin Addiction Treatment For Her Son

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    Mother Seeks Heroin Addiction Treatment For Her Son

    Caller: 53-year old woman calling on behalf of her son

    Problem: Heroin addiction

    Seeking: Immediate long term treatment program for heroin

    Reason(s): This mother is concerned that her son is struggling with a heroin addiction after experimenting with, and abusing, prescription opiate painkillers. She said that she knows her son has transitioned into using heroin because it is more affordable and because he has easier access to it, but she wants to make sure that she does something before the situation becomes even worse. She said, “I know that he has been struggling with opiate addiction for a long time. We have offered him help, but nothing has lasted so far. Recently I have found out from some of his friends that he is struggling with heroin addiction. He made that switch willingly, and it is difficult for me to process.” She said that she knows that heroin is exceedingly dangerous and she wants to be able to get him help immediately. The mom believes that her son has only smoked heroin so far, rather than use intravenously. She said, “I guess you have to be thankful for small miracles, so maybe the fact that he has not progressed into shooting up is one thing to be thankful for, I just know I need to get him help as soon as I can.”

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