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    Teen Concerned About Friend’s Amphetamines Abuse

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    Teen Concerned About Friend’s Amphetamines Abuse

    Caller: 17-year old female calling on behalf of her friend

    Problem: Amphetamine addiction

    Seeking: Rehab treatment options

    Reason(s): According to the teen, her friend took amphetamines in order to lose weight before prom. However, what started as a quick, yet illegal, method of losing weight turned into a full-blown addiction. The girl says, “I knew she was losing weight and being hyper, but I always associated that with drinking loads of coffee and a new diet. I found out that she was having problems with amphetamine addiction because she told me so, in confidence. When I asked her why she was stupid enough to get addicted to drugs she told me that she would feel low and lifeless every single time that she stopped using, even after the weight loss. This in turn caused her to use again and again, which I guess led to dependence.” She said that her friend is already experiencing irregular breathing problems and she feels that she is constantly ‘on edge’. The teen said, “She knows it is wrong, but she is unable to stop herself. That is the very definition of a problem in my eyes. She needs some serious help and I do not know anyone else to turn to that might give it to her. I know we will have to have the conversation with her parents eventually, but for right now, we would just like to have some more information about what her options are and what we should do.”

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