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    Woman Worried About Friend’s Vicodin Dependence

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    Woman Worried About Friend’s Vicodin Dependence

    Caller: 26-year old female calling on behalf of her friend

    Problem: Vicodin addiction

    Seeking: Long term rehab for prescription medication

    Reason(s): The woman is concerned that her friend is suffering from opiate withdrawal symptoms and has become dependent on these painkillers. The caller says that she realizes that something was amiss when her friend would become increasingly withdrawn and refused to talk about herself at all. The woman states, “When I confronted her, I made her tell the truth. She told me that she received a prescription for Vicodin after surgery. She told me that she received Vicodin for about two months to manage the pain. However, she told me that she started to feel as if something was very wrong several hours after the last dose of her prescription. She suffered from diarrhea, began to vomit, became very sweaty, became hot and then cold. It became obvious her body was rejecting the idea of sobriety.” She said that after checking in with her doctor, she received another, smaller prescription for Vicodin. The woman said that her friend knew at that point that she might have a physical dependence on the medication. She said, “After the prescription was up and the doctor refused to give her more, she started trying to fill prescriptions herself or buy that particular drug or similar drugs off people she knew. Apparently this has been a problem for quite some time and she now needs some serious help which could take a long time.”

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