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    Mom Seeking Help For Son Struggling With An Opioid Addiction

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    Mom Seeking Help For Son Struggling With An Opioid Addiction

    Caller: 55-year old mother calling for her son

    Problem: Opioids

    Seeking: Long-term inpatient treatment

    Reason(s): The mother is worried about her son’s downward spiral when it comes to drug use. The caller states that her son has always been in trouble, even running into issues as early as 12 years old at school. She said that by the time her son was 16, he had been in jail several times for fighting and theft. According to her, even though the signs were there, she always turned a blind eye. The mom states, “The real eye openers were the silver paper and needles. That is when it became a reality; that is when I started to realize just how much trouble my son was in.” According to the mother, things have gotten progressively worse, being in and out of jail for years, breaking into homes, stealing cars, stealing from the family and from neighbors. She said that her husband has given up on their son, saying “There is nothing my son is going to do that is likely to make his dad forgive him. We fight about this all the time, and the only time we argue is about that. My husband makes it clear he wants to cut off contact with our son, but I want to try one more time to see if we can get him on the right path.” According to the mom, her son has never tried long-term inpatient recovery, and she is interested in seeing whether this could be the breakthrough that he needs.

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    One Response to “Mom Seeking Help For Son Struggling With An Opioid Addiction”

    1. as a dad to an opioid addict, the experience is very similar. for a few years i thought it was just a case of my son being a blacksheep. i thought it was also because hes the youngest & cant take in more pressures from the achievements in the brood. with two older kids already lawyers & the 3rd a successful studio owner, my 16 yr old then could be just suffering from insecurities. but now & 7 years later weve had just about every encounter w his problematic ways. if its not the hospital for drunk (or high) driving or getting in the law, it was finding ways for him to get better. the last stop was rehab & im hammering my head why we didnt get here sooner. its all good after three mos & he volunteered to stay on longer cuz hes still scared & unsure about what lies ahead. the wife & i decided were gonna move to a new, quieter place & help him at a distance, maybe. maybe montana or nebraska where our youngest kid would be able to start anew, & were there to guide him along the way, at a considerable distance. its really important parents know the things their teens are going through, not wait for dangerous binge drinking or trying out pot to worsen. just sayin.

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