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Francisco has always been a pot-head, smoking pot daily, and it is the only one of his addictions that does not cause a problem. Francisco’s alcoholism causes the most problems. Even when he drinks a small amount his personality changes dramatically. He becomes aggressive, confrontational, and will not listen, often responding irrationally. He has completed a six month outpatient program for his drinking. The program has helped him cut down on the drinking, and although he now admits he has a problem with alcohol, he does not admit that he should give up drinking completely. Last Thanksgiving Francisco had a mental breakdown, and he admitted he had started using meth amphetamine. It was a real setback, and obviously was the cause of a lot of the chaos in our lives during the last year.