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Member # 38098
posted 06-04-2009 12:44 PM
There's a woman who works with me at my job. She just confessed to my boss that she was still doing herroine (sp?)...
They told her if she didn't give a clean urine test by next friday that she was going to lose her job! Everyone found out and now ppl are talking about her and they all think she is weird. She needs some kind of support. I always talk to her and I told her I'd be there for her in anyway she needed me to be there. She said she was going to " drug detox" herself on her days off ( since she has 2 off in a row)She wants me to be there with her. She said it's a really bad process and that she is scared to do it . What can I do to help her? What am I supposed to be expecting? What can I do to make her feel supported! She claims to be serious about doing this because her job is so important to her. Another girl I work with used to be a drug and alcohol councelor so she asked her to come over for the "detox" too. What should I do? What advice do you have for me???? Basically if we don't help her no one else will, because she would have to miss to much work and my job isn't giving her the chance...
Member # 25425
posted 06-04-2009 02:32 PM
If your friend is really on heroine, it would be extremely unsafe for her to try and detox by herself. She would need medical attention to detox, and that's also going to be something that takes much longer than 2 days.
If she is serious about quitting, she ought to look into clinics where she can detox safely.
Member # 38098
posted 06-04-2009 03:34 PM
She says that she can do it alone. She went to the doctor today and she asked them for help. Our boss isn't giving her any longer than until next friday. What can I do ?
Member # 41629
posted 06-04-2009 05:23 PM
Even if she is going to try to detox without medical attention, and I can't imagine that any doctor would condone that,
symptoms peak between 48 and 72 hours after the last dose and usually continue for at least a week. As bad an idea as it is for her to try to detox without medical attention (both because of safety issues and because it increases the chances of relapse), if she pursues that course it's still going to take more than two days. If she does that, you can't take the place of someone with medical training. As for what you can do, you can encourage her to detox at a clinic (and maybe do some research to help her find one) and/or try to talk with your boss. While trying to help her is admirable, please be sure not to do anything that puts you in an unsafe position.