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    Woman Worried About Her Sister’s OxyContin Abuse After Divorce

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    Woman Worried About Her Sister’s OxyContin Abuse After Divorce

    Caller: 35-year old female calling on behalf of her sister

    Problem: OxyContin addiction

    Seeking: Long term addiction treatment as an inpatient

    Reason(s): The woman is concerned about her sister’s OxyContin abuse. She says that both her and her sister did not grow up around drugs. In fact, she said that aside from the afterschool programs, neither of them were really exposed to drugs save for a single puff of marijuana in high school. She says that her sister started becoming involved in her downward spiral when she and her husband of 12 years got divorced. She said, “To be honest with you, it was a messy breakup. There was nothing there that would suggest that they would be friends or even be civil. When the kids are with their dad on the weekend, she would go out and drink herself into oblivion. She quickly found that alcohol made her weekends without the kids easier. That is when a friend introduced her to Vicodin.” She said that her sister realized that using Vicodin in combination with alcohol would lead to an increased effect, meaning less alcohol consumed and less chance of a hangover the following day. However, she continued to experiment. She stated, “When she became accustomed to the whole opiate thing, she started hearing about OxyContin. That is when she started snorting that [expletive].” She is worried about her sister’s long-term health and whether she will lose her children if it is found out that she is struggling with dependence. The woman said that her sister has lost 60 pounds, has recently seen her car taken from her and might be in danger of losing the house. She seeks a long-term recovery program for her sister while she temporarily takes care of the kids for her.

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