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    Woman Troubled By Her Son’s Heroin Addiction

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    Woman Troubled By Her Son’s Heroin Addiction

    Caller: 51-year old woman calling on behalf of her son

    Problem: Heroin addiction

    Seeking: Long term, inpatient rehab treatment

    Reason(s): A mother is distraught after having spoken to her son for the first time in four years. While she knew that something was wrong, she was unaware that things had gotten as bad as they did. She stated, “My son started abusing OxyContin and Vicodin before it became too difficult to get these prescriptions illegally. He said that he felt that those drugs were the only way that he could unwind from all the stressors in his life. As you probably know, it has since gotten to be quite a bit more difficult to get these medications on the streets.” She revealed that her son tried to recover from the opiates before, but quickly found that he was incapable of doing so. After that, her son made the transition into heroin, which was readily available and far more affordable. She said, “I know that he smokes a lot of the heroin he buys on the street. However, he also admits to me that he has considered shooting it before. Apparently, this would increase the potency of the heroin. I need to make sure that my son does not become another statistic that people can point to and say ‘what a shame’. I want him to find a rehab clinic away from his surroundings, so that he loses touch with all those supposed friends that are enabling him.”

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