Private College Cocaine

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    A friend of mine recently was sanctioned by the dean of judicial affairs to make an appointment at a Behavioral and Childhood Development Center for an incident where my friend was taken to the drunk tank for being disorderly at the pool of an apartment complex. During his first session my friend found out that he was going to be drug tested every week as part of his "treatment" even though the incident only involved alcohol. My friend then tested positive for cocaine and marijuana (they didn't even test for alcohol until the 3rd or 4th week!). Because of this + screen for cocaine my friends "risk level" in the eyes of the therapist was elevated, which is legitimate. So after this my friend agreed to go completely clean (including alcohol) for 30 days and has had 3 completely clean screens since then. So now he is trying to figure out when he can get out of these meetings finally since they cost $140 per 50 minute session and each drug screen costs about $130. He hasn't met his deductible yet so insurance is not covering it. He asked the therapist to talk to the dean of judicial affairs since she says it is up to her, but the Dean says it is up to the therapist. My question is, what kind of options does my friend have? Because of the social stigma to cocaine and the severe legal status of the drug he is very worried. The Dean doesn't know yet that he tested positive for cocaine. He hardly ever uses cocaine and was able to quit it cold turkey no problem. PLEASE HELP!!


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    Why not just ask the therapist how much longer he needs to continue this for? Also is the problem he is facing purely financial, or is he just afraid the school will find out about his drug habit?
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    She won't give any firm benchmarks or anything. The 30 days clean was part of it but now she wants to do random drug screens. It sounds like she wants at least another full month if not more. It is partly financial and partly he doesn't want to implicate himself with the school if it isn't necessary. He really doesn't know if he could get in more trouble if the dean finds out about the coke. But is the therapist even allowed to divulge that information? Aren't there HIPPA laws to protect patients in that kind of situation?

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    Generally you are correct however there may be some special circumstances here with agreements between the school and the counselor. However, this is something your friend can ask the counselor over the phone. He should also tell the counselor he does not have any money to continue with this program and request a clearance.
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    Up. Anyone else have any advice?


 

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