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    Estranged Husband Has A Problem With Crack Cocaine Addiction

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    Estranged Husband Has A Problem With Crack Cocaine Addiction

    Caller: 38-year-old woman calling for 43-year-old ex-husband

    Problem: Crack cocaine addiction

    Seeking: Treatment options for cocaine addiction

    Reason(s): The caller is a 38-year-old mother of four, with the children ranging from the ages of 13 to 17 years old. She is seeking treatment for her ex-husband who has had a crack cocaine addiction ever since the birth of their youngest son. She says that both her and her husband have been together on and off for the past two decades. They somehow always managed to get back together though they have both had past relationships. The woman said although they are currently divorced, they lived together until very recently. She states that her former husband steals money from her children, used drugs in front of them and is incapable of telling the truth. Caller states that her ex has tried outpatient care, sponsors, 12-step programs (though never completed) and nothing seems to work. Even though she admits that she does not believe that her and her estranged husband will ever be together again, she does want him to seek the treatment that he needs. She said, “Even if there is nothing romantic left between us, we do have four children together who I love more than anything and I would prefer them to know a sober version of their father instead of the addict that they undoubtedly have etched in their memory right now.

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