That's excellent advice, and something that never occurred to me. I'm not surprised that a doctor would be surprised, as they deal with a lot of drug-seekers and are wary of that type of behavior (well some aren't wary at all, others overly so). On the other hand, you'd think a doctor with the goal of helping a patient would go for these alternatives first rather than giving their patient an addictive substance, even if it is for their benefit. Kudos to your brother to recognize a problem early. What type of alternative did they give him, if you don't mind me asking?