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    Man Seeks Treatment For Friend With Methamphetamine Addiction

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    Man Seeks Treatment For Friend With Methamphetamine Addiction

    Caller: 22-year old man calling on behalf of friend

    Problem: Methamphetamine addiction

    Seeking: Rehab treatment options for meth

    Reason(s): The man is worried that a friend he has known for most of his adult life is struggling with a methamphetamine addiction and has been for several years. The man is concerned that while it might be a little late in seeking help, but he believes that ‘a little late is better than never’. The caller states, “Both me and [his friend] grew up in the same place and hung around the same people, but something changed in the later high-school years. When I moved away, I heard from some people that he would use methamphetamine, but I never expected him to have an addiction to it. When I saw one of his pictures on Facebook it really did scare the hell out of me.” The man realizes that he may not be someone that the user wants to talk to, but admits he feels somewhat responsible anyway. He said, “I know that I might not be his best friend, but I do want him to be healthy. Some people might ask why I care or why I am trying to make a difference, but it is obvious that the people he is with now are not trying anything.” The man makes it clear that he would like more information from an addiction specialist how to approach the situation in order to give him the best possible chance of making an impact on his friend.

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