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    Stepfather Struggling With An Addiction To Opiates Spiraling Out Of Control

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    Stepfather Struggling With An Addiction To Opiates Spiraling Out Of Control

    Caller: Stepson calling on behalf of stepfather

    Problem: Addicted to opiates

    Seeking: Biophysical detox program

    Reason(s): The caller is looking for treatment options for his stepfather concerning his addiction to opiates. The son states that he has known that his stepfather has taken opiates for a long time to help him sleep, but is worried that the use of opiates is spiraling out of control. According to him, the situation has only gotten increasingly worse over the last few months. The son said “Before, he would use one or two extra pills in order to help him fall asleep, now he tries to crush these pills up and then just snorts that powder” Caller says that the health of his stepfather is the most worrisome aspect. He said, “There have been at least three times in the last few months that I tried to wake him up and he just was not responsive, I mean the guy was barely breathing at all. I am just afraid that one of these days he is going to feel ice cold to the touch.” Caller wants to know more about biophysical detoxification, having read more about the problems with opiate recovery. He said that the stepfather has been a long-time user, but is unable to narrow down how long the opiate use has been going on.

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