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    Man Is Concerned About Sister’s Growing Opiate Addiction

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    Man Is Concerned About Sister’s Growing Opiate Addiction

    Caller: Brother calling on behalf of his sister

    Problem: Opiate addiction

    Seeking: Rehab treatment options with possible interventionist

    Reason(s): The man explains that he is looking for immediate drug rehabilitation options for his sister because of her increasing opiate addiction. He admits that he turned a blind eye when his sister abused opiates to sleep better or unwind after a stressful day; however, he has become more and more concerned about her behavior in recent months. He is worried because what started as one or two pills each day have become several pills at one time throughout the day. He stated, “She will be sleeping on the couch and my kid is playing videogames so loud that I am afraid that I might get a noise complaint from other residents in my building, but she just sleeps right through it”. The brother admits that he did some research before placing the call. He said, “I have read that opiates can stay in the body for a long, long time. Therefore, I want to see if it would be possible to enroll her into biophysical detoxification. I want to know if that would be one of our best options when she is struggling with such a nasty drug.” He is unsure whether or not he could get his sister to enter into rehab voluntarily and would like to know a bit more about the possibility of also having an intervention specialist guide them through the process.

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