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    Woman Seeks Help For Elderly Father With Oxycodone Addiction

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    Woman Seeks Help For Elderly Father With Oxycodone Addiction

    Caller: 46-year old woman calling on behalf of her aging father

    Problem: Oxycodone addiction

    Seeking: Rehab options for inpatient with possible interventionist

    Reason(s): The woman is worried about her elderly father who is struggling with an Oxycodone addiction. She is seeking a rehabilitation program that not only addresses the issues with dependence, but can also handle elderly patients who require assisted living care. She states that her father has become increasingly withdrawn from family functions and seems to avoid family and friends as much as possible. According to her, she did not realize that her father had a problem with Oxycodone dependence until she came across several empty pill bottles in the trash that came from different pharmacies. She admits to confronting her father about the numerous prescriptions, but says she did not receive a satisfactory answer. She said, “When you are catching your dad in a lie like that, or I guess it is more like abusing the system rather than lying to me, they immediately shift back to the old ‘I am your dad, I do not need to listen to you’ mode”. She said she feels her father’s behavior is becoming distant and different than his normal demeanor. She is not only afraid of a possible overdose on Oxycodone, but is also worried that with the recent increased legal punishment for prescription medication fraud, her father might be looking at serious jail time if caught. She wants to find a program that can handle elderly patients and would like an impartial third party present when she does address the subject of Oxycodone rehab with her father.

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