Don’t Go Back Home
If you can’t stop drinking or taking drugs, but you know you need to, good for you. Getting help is probably a recurring thought. Couples should see a counselor together if one or both need treatment. The major issue is finding a program that’s right for you.
This allows you to get treatment on an ambulatory basis (you check in and out daily), which is a good option for those who can’t take several weeks off from work to get round-the-clock rehab. Outpatient therapy that provides detox benefits and allows you access to doctors and counseling is generally cheaper, but the fact that you can walk away when you like could lead to relapses. This is particularly true if you’re just coming home to your old social circles that got you involved with addictive behaviors in the first place. Even friends going through their own detox may have access to a drug like suboxone that could represent temptation.
Is rehab necessary?
This isn’t a simple question. Professionals don’t base admission on a fixed set of criteria. They must consider a number of mental, physical, emotional, historical, and environmental factors before determining that rehab placement and detox is advisable. A professional may also prescribe a complicated drug like suboxone
Drug abuse and detox:
There is a difference between those who are genuinely addicted and those who are sporadically or even frequently abusing drugs and alcohol, though not to the point where it is a destructive addiction. Addicts will typically require more extensive and prolonged treatment. Alcohol and drugs such as heroin ad other opiates will require more time. Suboxone may be prescribed for opiate addiction.
Someone addicted to both alcohol and cocaine will require more detox that someone addicted to just one or the other. Use of suboxone will also have to be monitored. The more addictions you have, the more complex the treatment must be.
Those who have a health problem such as chronic pain may become addicted to a prescription drug that eases the symptoms, or recreational drugs like heroin. However, quitting would bring back the pain. This is especially true for conditions like HIV or hepatitis C arising from habits like heroin abuse, and will require a doctor’s supervision.
If you’ve tried outpatient treatment before, or have been prescribed drugs like suboxone and didn’t make progress, you may require more extensive monitoring and treatment.
Even the presence of heroin or alcohol in the house may be a temptation. So might those who rely on a subscription drug. Quarreling couples, visiting friends who bring temptation, strained relationships, and other negative factors may be a part of the dependency problem and only lead to relapses. It’s important that people trying to detox escape a harmful environment.
Which Is Better?
If the considerations above suggest to you that you should seek rehab treatment, you’re left with finding the right facility. You’re best bet is to seek the advice of a professional, though this may involve explaining your problems and situation. You might want to speak first to a substance abuse group in your community. In most cases it won’t matter what your problem is, whether it’s pain pills or heroin. These are generally free and will no doubt include people who have been in your situation before. They will have some recommendations and likely even a list of surrounding rehab centers or counselors.
The important thing is not to seek treatment and then relapse into your old behaviors. In order to stay sober you need to surround yourself with sobriety.