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    Son Worried About Mother’s Benzodiazepine Addiction

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    Son Worried About Mother’s Benzodiazepine Addiction

    Caller: 34-year old son calling on behalf of his mother

    Problem: Benzodiazepine addiction

    Seeking: Non 12 step rehab program with holistic/biophysical detox treatment

    Reason(s): The son is concerned about his mother and her possible benzodiazepine addiction. While he admits that benzodiazepines may have a legitimate, medical use, his mother does not have a medical reason and appears to be abusing the substance for recreational purposes. The son is not only worried about the possible health risks associated with benzodiazepine abuse, but also worried that his mother might spend time in prison. He said, “It has come to the point where she is spending a great deal of money on that stuff and is actively going to different doctors and different pharmacies to see if she can get more prescriptions for them.” He also said, “I know she is my mom and you are expected to just let them be adults and trust their decision-making process, but she is clearly not doing very well. I feel that if I don’t step in now, I am going to regret it later in life.” He wants to know if there are programs that are designed to help people go through a detoxification process but also help people understand why prescription medication abuse is a dangerous problem. He said it doesn’t matter how long it takes, he just wants her to get into a program that is different than the traditional 12 steps.

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