Caller: 33-year old woman calling on behalf of her husband
Problem: Alcohol addiction
Seeking: Inpatient, non 12-step program
Reason(s): The woman is concerned that her husband’s ‘unwinding after work’ has started to become a serious issue. She is concerned that her husband is no longer just having one or two drinks to unwind after a long day, but is currently drinking to excess several nights out of the week, sometimes immediately after coming home. She said, “I am sure that there is a better way for me to express myself, but there is something very frightening about seeing someone you care about going through something like this. There have been days that the first thing he does is toss his shoes off and pour himself a large glass of scotch, enough to where it would be a double or triple in a bar.” She said that after the initial drink, her husband would then switch to beer and occasional hard alcohol shots throughout the night. She said, “He will continue to down beer, several in one night, with the occasional mixer in there. When he is off work during the weekend, he often starts as early as noon and keeps drinking until he passes out.” She makes it clear that she does not want a 12-step program, instead she wants to have an inpatient rehab program where her husband is able to avoid relapse, but also discuss any issues he has that is related to his stress and drinking.