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    Woman Worried About Her Friend Experimenting With Drugs

    Caller: 22-year old woman calling on behalf of her friend

    Problem: Heroin addiction

    Seeking: Non 12 step program, specializing in heroin addiction

    Reason(s): The woman is concerned that one of her best friends may have ‘experimented’ with the wrong substance and is now experiencing issues with addiction for the first time. According to the woman, her friend regularly used different types of recreational drugs, ranging from cocaine to ecstasy. She said, “She was one of those ‘drug friends’, the type of person who experiments with a lot of drugs just because she thinks it is fun. However, for some reason she decided to try heroin. She did not inject it, but smoked it instead. Apparently, she thought that smoking it would prevent her from becoming hooked. Now she is actively using heroin several times a week and we are really worried about her.” She wants to make sure that her friend finds a program that not only helps her alleviate the immediate issue of heroin addiction, but can help her understand why even recreational substance use may lead to issues. The woman said, “I know she needs help, which is why I am calling you. I have actually gone with her to one of those N.A. meetings and she is just supposed to tell everyone that she is hooked on heroin. I am sitting there looking around the room going ‘and now what?’ It is not as though just talking about the issue helps her. She needs a place away from the temptation and where they can actually help make a difference.”

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    1. i have this complex problem too. my bestfriend (known her for 23 years, since we were 5 years old) got into a relationship with a drug addict. for a few months she said she’s trying her best to change him. turns out she’s the one who’s changed. first she comes borrowing money, calls to say shes in emergency, etc. the next thing i know she’s messed up her job as a hotel accountant. her parents had to know, i said to myself, so i called them up. turns out their experience was like mine, she kept borrowing money. we’re going to talk her into getting rehab soon, leave her boyfriend (we hope!) and fix herself up. in a matter of 17 months, she has really become a stranger. worse is i can never turn her away. she comes at times when im also not around. then things from my place started disappearing. like it’s not enough she’s freeloading when she’s there. so my question, how do i know if it’s heroin or crack or meth she’s addicted to? and if she’s hooked on heroin (or whatever) does it follow the best rehab she must get into is one that focuses on the program for the narcs or drug? or is it ok if she checks into any drug adiction rehab? any opinion is appreciated. thanks!

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