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    Woman Seeks Heroin Treatment For Boyfriend After Alarming Overdose

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    Woman Seeks Heroin Treatment For Boyfriend After Alarming Overdose

    Caller: 28-year old woman calling on behalf of her boyfriend

    Problem: Heroin addiction

    Seeking: Heroin rehab treatment with possible intervention

    Reason(s): The woman states that she has been dating a heroin addict for more than two years. She admits that they have an on-again-off-again relationship and she did know he struggled with heroin abuse before they became a romantic couple, however, she said that the frequency of use has increased and the side effects have become far scarier. She said that she found her boyfriend non-responsive just a few days ago and was terrified that he might have injected too much heroin. The woman states that she repeatedly slapped her boyfriend across the face and almost gave up right before he opened his eyes. She said, “It was one of the worst things I have ever had to go through in my life. Everything just goes quiet and you only focus on getting him back to you. That is the only thing I could think about at the time.” She said that this was the moment that made her realize that something would need to change. Despite her best efforts and the recent overdose scare, she has been unable to make her boyfriend interested in attending rehabilitation. In addition to finding a treatment facility, she also wants more information about possibly staging an intervention later on to get him the help he needs.

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