Now what? We come to a point in our lives where we are so tired of the pain. The drugs have brought us here and we finally realize we need help and are motivated enough to seek it, even with uncertainty. There are so many ways we can get help with our addiction IF we are truly ready to let go. To go ahead and throw that leg over the fence and begin to climb down. Where can we go for help? I have listed some sources below.
Staying clean must come first
Confucius said, “It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you do not stop.” The first step is to get the drugs out of your system and make a conscious decision every day, hour, or minute if needed to not pick up a drug. Sounds easy right? Any addict knows this is extremely hard. I, on willpower only, have tried COUNTLESS times to just say no and by day 3, I am back out begging, hunting, and doing it all over again. We must have help.
Denial of addiction keeps us sick, but now it is hard to deny addiction looking at all the surrounding destruction. When you look around you, what do you see? Unemployment, family discord, health problems, self neglect, financial ruins, isolation, anti social, legal issues, etc. These are few things of the external but the internal hell is what I remember. The loneliness, chaos, insanity, feelings of pain, low self-worth, depression, sadness, running from problems and totally controlled by the using. (Just to name a few).
Now that you can see your destruction more clear, you make some changes. The people you are around need to change, All the drug people need to be blocked and start adding others in recovery. The places you go need to be only positive. Not the dealers house, parties, the places you always met at to get your drugs, Also, situations that come up need to be assessed to see if it is detrimental to staying clean. Example, a bachlorette party or running into old using friends in public. I have compiled 10 sources that help with detox, short term treatment, and long term maintenance of drug addiction. Please feel free to comment if you have a different experience that worked or questions about any of these. I would love to hear from you.
10 sources of help to get and stay off drugs:
1. Detox Centers are facilities that medically get you through the first few days of detox. Centers vary and location specific. You will have to search around in your area. Some detox centers are free of charge, some take insurances, and private pay. Length of stay can vary but common is 3-5 day stay.
2. Inpatient Treatment Centers again vary on your location. There are some treatment centers that will fly to you them. Inpatient starts your recovery in a safe environment. There are so many types it would be hard to list them all. Some are specific to your drug of choice, some are gender and age specific and others are co-occuring with a mental health diagnosis like anxiety, delusions, or depression. The length of stay depends on factors like insurance coverage and healing process. Not everyone benefits from the same treatment center so I would suggest being thorough and pick the one that benefits you the most.
3. Outpatient Services provide ongoing treatment with behavioral and education groups. Some outpatient facilities provide specific sessions and a plan is made for an individual upon starting. Some have trauma, parenting, 1:1 counseling, family counseling, etc.
4. Addiction Specialists are becoming more integrated into the medical field. They are usually a Dr or practitioner that can assist with symptoms you may be having stopping drugs and are usually a piece of a treatment plan for you
5. Most outpatient and treatment plans you are involved in require you go to a 12 step group of your choice. Again look around in your area. There are AA, NA, CA, Celebrate Recovery (christian based), etc. Some people start their recovery with Dr oversight and they attend meetings every day. 90 meetings in 90 days is common because not only are you around like-minded people and spend an hour learning from each other, but also it helps change your routine. Personally, I have a great deal of gratitude for my 12 step home group.
6. Primary Care Dr. can assist you with medications you need to get through that first week or two of detox if you feel you do not need to be inpatient. A doctor/patient relationship should definitely build on truth. I was extremely nervous to tell my Dr about my drug addiction. It was one of the best things I did. He helped me tremendously. Not just through detox but after that I felt I could share all my issues with him. How else are they suppose to treat us correctly? I used to go to him to manipulate and get what I wanted. I was very good at painting a picture of a person who needed narcotics.
7. MATs are Drs who prescribe medications to assist with addictions. It is in conjunction with educational and behavioral therapy. Generally, you are monitored frequently at first with physicals, urine tests and med counts if it is suboxone. In case of methadone, patients go to a clinic daily for their dose. These medications stop the withdrawal process and allows your brain to heal while you are learning other ways to cope, change, etc through classes.
8. Home can be a place to detox. Again, I do not suggest it without oversight from a professional and support around you. There can be situations this could work. There are several programs out there and over the counter formulas that can assist with relieving the side effects of drugs, A doctor would be able to give you a list of what to take and what NOT to take.
9.Jail usually isn’t a choice of detox, but situations land us there with no choice. Detox treatment varies from jail to jail. Some initiate the MAT and some give a little medications.Bottom line it is not the best place to have the symptoms. The smells and noise level alone are difficult.
10. Cold Turkey is still a detox option some addicts are successful doing. I believe the drug, amount and length of use all have a say in level of detox symptoms. My suggestion is that a professional oversee this method as well.
Read the Literature
One of the first things I was told was to find some recovery literature and read it. I am not really a reader but as I went through the pages, it was like they had written an autobiography of my life. I am confident you will be uplifted and feel at ease after reading just a few chapters. I will be sharing some books and workbooks that are good to have, read and work. Even if you do not do meetings or sponsors. I cannot tell you how to recover. You must make your own decisions. I can encourage you and share my experiences, good and bad, and maybe something is there that you can use. I wish only a peace of mind instead of the daily insanity of addiction.
Whatever detox method used, it is no walk in the park. It is painful both physically and mentally. This is just a list of the sources I know of personally meaning I or someone I know has used. This is the first step to recovery. Getting past this is a miracle in itself and there are so many more to come. BUT NOW WHAT?? Surely we will go back to what we know (drugs and lifestyle) if we do not start doing something different. This is where we need other people and something greater than us and the disease to get us through the day.