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    Effects Of Long-Term Amphetamine Abuse Hurting Friend

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    Effects Of Long-Term Amphetamine Abuse Hurting Friend

    Caller: 25-year old woman for her friend

    Problem: Addiction to amphetamines

    Seeking: Treatment options with possible intervention

    Reason(s): The woman states that her friend started working at a financial company and may be struggling with the continuous demands that the job puts on him. According to the caller, her friend was lucky enough to turn an internship into a full-time position. However, she also said he has been working longer and longer hours. She stated, “There is no denying that he is quite literally working himself to death. This is why he said he started using these stimulant drugs. He will sleep maybe two or three hours a day if he is lucky, and then he crashes on the weekend, well mostly from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon because on Sunday night he will be back at work to crunch numbers.” According to the caller, his recent behavior is more worrisome considering that the user refuses to try to work without drugs. The caller states that when her friend ran out of amphetamines for 48 hours, he felt lethargic and did not feel ‘sharp’, thus leading her to believe that he has a problem. The caller said, “I am unsure how to continue from here, it is obvious to everyone close to him that he has a problem, but he also refuses to take steps to change because he is afraid that taking time off might put his career in jeopardy.”

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