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    Big Sister Concerned About Teen Sister’s Alprazolam Abuse

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    Big Sister Concerned About Teen Sister’s Alprazolam Abuse

    Caller: 21-year old woman calling on behalf of her teenage sister

    Problem: Alprazolam addiction

    Seeking: Drug rehab specializing in teens with biophysical detox included

    Reason(s): The woman is concerned that her sister is struggling with an alprazolam addiction without both their parents knowing about it. She is worried that her sister was finding it increasingly difficult to ‘fit in’ with the teenage crowd and has turned to substance abuse to make her feel better about being an outcast. She is concerned that recreational use to provide a sense of well-being has since turned into a genuine need. She is unsure what to tell both their parents and says she wants to know more about the dangers of the drug before she ever brings it up with their parents. She said, “I know both my parents are working hard to support both their daughters. That is one of the reasons that they are unable to be as invested in her as they probably should. It is also one of the reasons I want to make sure that I have all the necessary information before I ever bring this up with them.” She asked about addressing the issue with her parents and what the possible withdrawal symptoms are for someone with an alprazolam addiction. She also asked about a number of rehabilitation options that cater to teenagers and how to include professionally supervised detoxification.

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