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16 year old cousin has been using cocaine. her mother is taking her to their family doc today to get help for her. how do family docs respond to this?

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Dr. Keith Leap answered

Specializes in Emergency Medicine

Probably by helping her to find some rehab/therapy options; most often starting as an outpatient. Unless she is resistant to treatment, in which case as a minor she could be placed in rehab involuntarily. Hopefully she wants help. Until she does, it will be very difficult to help her.

Answered Jun 4, 2017

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

A physician is dedicated to providing the best care for our patients. This means caring for the well-being of your cousin without judgment. I suspect that this visit will entail a very frank discussion with your cousin about her frequency of use and determining what is the best treatment plan (inpatient/outpatient) and setting up referrals to treatment plans to start her on the road to recovery.

Answered Mar 9, 2015

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