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    Roommate Concerned About Friend’s Ambien Addiction

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    Roommate Concerned About Friend’s Ambien Addiction

    Caller: 35-year old woman calling on behalf of her roommate

    Problem: Ambien (Zolpidem)

    Seeking: Prescription drug rehab facility

    Reason(s): Woman is concerned that her roommate has become dependent on Ambien sleep medication. The caller suggests that she knows that the substance comes with powerful sedative and hypnotic effects to help someone get to sleep, but she fears that her roommate is abusing it. The caller stated, “I know that she struggled with insomnia before, but I cannot believe that it is a good idea to continuously rely on a drug to get to sleep. Moreover, I know that she takes it on the weekend with alcohol because it makes her feel mellow, which seems like a dangerous combination”. The caller said that she realized that this substance might be problematic because she noticed her roommates continuing reliance on the substance and the fact that her favorite musical artist, Eminem, had a reasonably publicized affair with this substance in 2009. The caller said, “I feel that this is becoming more of a crutch that helps her sleep through the stresses in life than anything else, I really do worry what might happen if she ever switched doctors or if they decided to halt or cut her medication altogether”. She is currently looking into possible prescription drug rehabilitation facilities in the area.

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