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    Woman Concerned About Roommate’s Adderall Addiction

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    Woman Concerned About Roommate’s Adderall Addiction

    Caller: 27-year old woman calling on behalf of her roommate

    Problem: Adderall addiction

    Seeking: Long-term treatment options

    Reason(s): The woman is worried about her roommate’s increased use of the drug Adderall, despite the fact that she does not have a prescription for it. According to the caller, her roommate started to use the medication because she is a shift worker. The woman admits to having addressed the issue with her roommate before, but the roommate said that if Adderall was all right for one of her friends to have, it should be all right for her to use as well. The woman said, “She says that she does not have a problem with the stimulant, but I have seen her without it and it is like she is a different person. I do not know if people can give themselves ADHD, but she seems to be on track to doing long-term damage to herself if she continues to use this way. I understand that working in unpredictable shifts is very frustrating and tiring for her, but surely there has to be a better way of staying awake, right?” The woman wants to know if long-term treatment would be a better option, especially considering that the roommate needs to understand that self-medicating is not the best option for dealing with issues.

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