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    Seeking Treatment For Cousin’s Near Fatal Crystal Meth Addiction

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    Seeking Treatment For Cousin’s Near Fatal Crystal Meth Addiction

    Caller: 26-year-old man seeking help for 36-year-old cousin

    Problem: Crystal meth addiction

    Seeking: Inpatient treatment center

    Reason(s): The caller is seeking help for his cousin who has already had nine felony charges, gone through four different arrests, currently has an eight year suspended sentence and has already spent a year in jail. Caller said “I’ll make it really clear for you and I’ve told him this too, but he is too far gone to listen, either he stops using drugs and turns it around or he will not make it to the end of the year.” The caller said that he had hopes of the addiction fading away when his cousin went to jail, but that turned out to be false. “Here he was, unable to get that stuff for twelve months, he comes back out, looking healthier than he has looked in years and I kid you not, it took him less than 48 hours before he was using crystal meth again. Twelve months of forced sobriety and he tossed it away within two days.” The caller is seeking in-patient treatment that would remove his cousin from his current environment. Caller also says he understands that the underlying problems need to be addressed as well. “It is real simple, if he can piss away twelve months of sobriety in a couple of days, that means that there is something else wrong with him…I want to make sure he gets the treatment he needs so I can at least look myself in the mirror and know that I have tried.”

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