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    Man Seeking Possible Drug Intervention For Friend’s Cocaine Addiction

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    Man Seeking Possible Drug Intervention For Friend’s Cocaine Addiction

    Caller: 42-year old man on behalf of friend

    Problem: Cocaine addiction

    Seeking: Interventionist and treatment options for cocaine addiction

    Reason(s): The caller is a man worried about his friend’s cocaine use, concerned that it may be spiraling out of control to the point where it is becoming excessively dangerous. Caller stated, “I know he has been addicted to cocaine for years, and he was mostly a recreational user. However, it has gotten to the point where he is constantly snorting that [expletive] and I am starting to feel that the only two options are professional help or an overdose.” Caller is frustrated with himself that he did not seek out possible options before, but also understands that blaming himself at this point is not going to do anything. He said, “I understand that something needs to be done. I have stood by long enough and have not done anything, which means I am condoning the behavior. I want to do something like provide an intervention. I have talked to him before and made it clear that I wanted him to seek help, but he refused. So I think it is time to have a professional do what they can.” We discussed the potential treatment options and scheduled a phone consultation with a local interventionist. The caller is going to call back for more information after the discussion with the interventionist and decide how to continue from there.

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