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    Man’s Sister And Boyfriend’s Heroin Addiction Could Become Fatal

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    Man’s Sister And Boyfriend’s Heroin Addiction Could Become Fatal

    Caller: 27-year old man calling on behalf of younger sister

    Problem: Heroin addiction, methadone addict

    Seeking: Long-term inpatient rehab treatment with an intervention option

    Reason(s): The caller is worried that his sister’s heroin addiction may be influenced by the man that she lives with. The man says, “My sister is bright enough, but when you tell her no, she is likely to push forward just because you said no in the first place. When everyone else in the family decided to break off contact with her because she was living with a heroin-addicted married man, I was the only one who would still text her from time to time”. The caller is worried that both his sister and her boyfriend are trying to abuse methadone therapy. He suggests that they are using heroin while still receiving methadone and finding a different clinic before they are turned away, stating that they even bragged about it before. He said, “Some people say methadone is supposed to help people, I swear that the only thing it is doing is making my sister even sicker and more dependent.” The caller is interested in finding a long-term inpatient rehab center, both because of the addictive nature of heroin, but also so that his sister is able to get away from the negative influences. He stated, “I know it will be difficult to cut off contact with her, but I would prefer if she could be somewhere completely secluded.” He also requested more information about a professional intervention, given the objective nature of his sister.

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