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    Seeking Treatment Options For Best Friend Dealing With Cocaine Habit

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    Seeking Treatment Options For Best Friend Dealing With Cocaine Habit

    Caller: 27-year-old-woman calling on behalf of her best friend

    Problem: Cocaine addiction

    Seeking: Intervention strategies for treatment options

    Reason(s): The caller is interested in learning more about possible treatment options for cocaine addiction. She states that her best friend has recently developed a cocaine habit and is afraid that her continued use may become more severe if nothing is done about it soon. She said, “We have known each other for two decades or so, so it is safe to say that we know if something is wrong with one another. Recently, she has just not been herself, staying up late, hooking up with random guys that she doesn’t even know. Her behavior is just different, and it is scaring me.” Caller is not only worried about her current addiction, but also states that she is worried that the ‘drug scene’ that may cause her friend to be introduced to other drugs as well. She said, “I know that her habit is very expensive and it might ruin her financially. Once she no longer has any income or uses so much that her waitressing job will not cover it anymore, I am afraid the drug may also ruin her morally.” According to the caller, the friend has expressed little interest in attending a rehab facility; caller would like to know more about possible intervention strategies.

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