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    Seeking Rehab For Ex-Boyfriend With Heroin Addiction

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    Seeking Rehab For Ex-Boyfriend With Heroin Addiction

    Caller: 27-year old woman on behalf of 38-year-old ex-boyfriend

    Problem: Addiction to heroin

    Seeking: Treatment options for heroin addiction

    Reason(s): Caller is a 27-year old female who has just broken up with her long-time 38 year old boyfriend, struggling with an addiction to heroin. Even though he has been using heroin a long time around her, the constant use and subsequent lies made her end the relationship. According to the caller, her ex-boyfriend had a heroin-addicted mother and both the mother and son were shunned by the extended family. She said, “I personally made the choice to be with someone who was addicted when I continued the relationship for as long as I did, perhaps I had hoped that things would get better or improve on their own, but they will not until he realizes he has an actual problem”. Because the drug is expensive, she said her ex-boyfriend would smoke copious amounts of marijuana or drink to excess in order to numb the cravings. Caller stated, “We have been together for several years, but I am not going to wait 10, 15, or 20 years of my life before I realize the obvious, he is not going to change. He is trapped in a downward spiral and I don’t want to be part of it, but because of our history, I do think it is important that he find help. Though our relationship is toxic and there is no trust, it does not mean that I want him to continue on this path.”

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