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    Woman Concerned About Her Friend’s Prescription Drug Abuse

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    Woman Concerned About Her Friend’s Prescription Drug Abuse

    Caller: 29-year old woman calling on behalf of her friend

    Problem: Prescription drug medication

    Seeking: Long term, non 12 step rehab

    Reason(s): The woman states that she is worried about her friend who is struggling with a long-term addiction to prescription drugs. She said that after confronting her friend about her issues, the friend revealed that she had been experimenting with prescription medication for years now. The woman said, “According to what my friend said, it started with smaller dosages, which eventually grew to very high dosages within about a year. She eventually lost her apartment and she was actually living in her car before her family helped her back on her feet. However, it did not take long before she was completely alone because her whole family disowned her after she continued using.” The woman states that her friend continued to abuse prescription medication, partly because she was feeling depressed about her current situation. After enrolling in a 12-step rehabilitation facility after an overdose, she still managed to relapse a few weeks after leaving treatment. The woman said that her friend lost her medical insurance because she is no longer insured by her parents nor through work, which means that it is easier and cheaper for her to get the medication off the street illegally than it would be to get the medication through legal means. The woman said that she is now looking for a different treatment program that actually has proven results.

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    1. Hi! I would like to ask a few questions regarding prescription drug abuse or addiction. My sister was prescribed alprazolam by her doctor last year, like in August, because of anxiety issues. The thing is it was supposed to be just for 60 days and just half of that teeny weeny tablet (I forgot the brand). Anyway she was taking ONE whole tablet, as I learned, after like a few days. I didn’t mind until her roommate called me one time because my sister has consumed a month’s prescription in just two weeks or so. Then she went to another doctor who prescribed her the same meds, then it was like she was taking more than she should or something. Is this already addiction? Or my sister is just taking it to calm her down? Should she be seeing a psychiatrist to help? Or is her GP’s diagnosis good enough? Also, is it OK to bring this to the attention of her first doctor? THANK YOU for whatever response you would provide. I have entered my email above to get the response. THANKS!

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