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    Caller Seeks Treatment For Uncle Who Is Selling As Well As Addicted To Cocaine

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    Caller Seeks Treatment For Uncle Who Is Selling As Well As Addicted To Cocaine

    Caller: 29-year-old man on behalf of his uncle

    Problem: Cocaine addiction as well as selling it

    Seeking: Treatment options for cocaine abuse

    Reason(s): The caller is seeking possible treatment options on behalf of his uncle who has been abusing cocaine for the last several years. According to the caller, the person struggling with addiction will keep himself awake through the night, snorting more cocaine whenever he feels that he is becoming tired. According to the caller, there is another reason that his uncle is not likely to give up his drug lifestyle without convincing. Caller said, “I understand you are not a lawyer or something to that affect and therefore you are not sworn to secrecy, but another reason he seems very hesitant to enter recovery is because he is actively selling drugs as well. That is the reason he has a nice apartment, a motorcycle, has his own little recording studio in his apartment, he is doing quite well for himself and I do not know that he wants to give that up”. Because of the additional pressure, caller wants to know how to best approach the situation with his uncle and what options are available in the event that he does manage to make him agree to seek out treatment. Caller will speak to one of the counselors in a drug treatment facility that is within caller’s acceptable distance.

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