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One out of every seven Americans will face a substance addiction. Here are some resources to help you help a loved one, and notice…
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9 months ago, my husband went to A Forever Recovery. When my husband and I first started dating 7 years ago, he told me that he was a recovering addict. The only difference it made that I noticed was the fact that he didn’t drink. 2 years ago, his mother died and he was a wreck. I guess he started using 2 months after her funeral and I just had no idea. The signs were all there that he had relapsed but I had no idea what I was looking at and so never realized. I found out that he’d relapsed and had been using for almost a year when he called me from hail. He had gotten arrested for possession. When he told me how long he had been using I was shocked but all the little things I’d noticed and disregarded finally starting making sense. I found out about A Forever Recovery because a friend of mine had sent her daughter there. I called her because I had no idea what to do with my husband and knew her daughter had gone to rehab the year before. She told me about AFR and recommended I send my husband there because of how much it had helped her daughter. When I called about sending my husband there the guy I spoke with on the phone was great. He worked with me so that I could get my husband there quickly and after we had worked out everything to get my husband there he spent a long time on the phone with me helping me understand what my husband was going through and answering all the questions I had about addiction and recovery. He told me what my husband would be doing during each part of the program and took the time to assure me that he’d be getting the help he needed while at AFR. Once my husband was there and working on his program I was able to talk to one of the counselors at least once a week to get an update on how my husband was doing. I did talk to my husband a lot during his program but after being lied to for an entire year I needed that confirmation from the counselor. Whenever I spoke with my husband he had such good things to say about AFR. From everything he’s said, it was nothing like the rehabs he had gone to when he was younger. The building itself was clean and inviting. The staff were knowledgeable, kind and understanding and the program itself was something that he felt would really help him and has. He also had a much easier time talking with his counselors. He came home 7 ½ months ago after being at AFR for 6 weeks. He’s been doing great since he came home. He looks great, he’s happier and in general is doing much better. I also have absolutely no doubt that he’s using. Beyond how he looks and acts, he’s been taking drug tests for me so I don’t have to guess if he’s using or not. I know, without a shadow of a doubt that my husband is completely clean and sober.
I’ve been to A Forever Recovery twice and both times helped me so much. I started using heroin when I was 20 and in the 8 years that followed I went to 5 different rehabs. When I relapsed after going to AFR the first time I was adamant about going back because it’s the only rehab I’ve been to where I didn’t feel like I was just wasting time and money and actually felt like I got the help I needed when I was there. The first time I went to AFR I was shocked at how bearable detoxing was. I was expecting detox to be like it was every time I’ve kicked before. I was expecting it to be utter hell. But, the staff at AFR are working there because it’s their purpose in life to help people get off drugs and be able to stay off drugs and it changed the whole experience. They knew just what to do to help be get through my detox and cared enough to actually do it. Because AFR isn’t a time-based program I wasn’t hurried through detox and didn’t start my program while I was still kicking. When I finished detox, and was ready to start my program I was actually ready to start my program. One of the main reasons my parents and I chose AFR was because of the different options they have for programs. There isn’t just one program there that everyone does whether it what they need or not. They have multiple programs to choose from and I was able to chose a program that felt right for me. Every rehab I’ve been to before was a 12-step program and for me not having to do a 12-step program and instead being able to choose a program was kind of amazing. Plus, because they have the different programs there I wasn’t trying to figure out a different kind of program to go to while I was high or relying on my parents to find a program for me. I ended up doing the SMART Recovery program and I’ve got to say, it’s an amazing program and it was exactly what I needed. I learned more about myself, my addiction and how to deal with it than I had through possible and it changed the way I thought and the way I operated. Everything changed for the better while I was at AFR. When I graduated from AFR the first time and went home I did really well for about 6 months. After being clean for 6 months, I got kind of lazy and just didn’t work as hard on doing the things I needed to do to stay clean as I should have. When I relapsed, even that was different. I didn’t try to hide it. I went to my parents, asked them to send me back to AFR because I knew that I had messed up and I knew that going to AFR was the best chance I had at fixing this and fixing it fast. Going back to AFR was easier than I thought it would be. No one made me feel bad for relapsing and instead were just as intent on making sure I got everything out my program as I could so it didn’t happen again. I learned where I messed up, and what I needed to do so I didn’t relapse again. I graduated again from AFR 8 months ago and I’ve been doing great ever since. I’m still clean, and doing better than ever. It’s amazing how much better my life has become since going to AFR.
What an amazing program! We sent our daughter to A Forever Recovery and we could not be more pleased with them. Our daughter had been struggling with pill addiction and alcohol addiction for a little over a year and had been basically unwilling to get help for her problem, even though we kept trying to convince her that she needed to do something about her addiction and quickly too. Basically, it was seeming like she was going down a path that was going to be the end of her if she did not get help, and we were all very worried about her. It was seeming like she was in a very bad place, and that was just the truth of the matter. It was seeming like she was never going to get help, because she was certainly acting like she was unwilling to do anything about her addiction any time soon. Now however it was seeming like she was starting to realize where here life was going, especially after she almost overdosed and died from her drug habit in the beginning of last summer. She was in a bad place, she almost died, she almost killed us out of sheer shock and dismay, but at least she was finally willing to get help. When we almost lost Alice, we took her to the hospital and they helped save her. After she got out of the hospital, she was willing to get help and that was very good. She was willing to get help and she was willing to go to rehab for the first time since she had first started abusing drugs and alcohol, and that was a good thing. We took her to A Forever Recovery the day after she got out of the hospital. We weren’t going to take any chances of her changing her mind and deciding that she did not really need to get help after all. So we took her to A Forever Recovery and we are very happy that we did.At A Forever Recovery, our daughter did very well. Very well indeed. She immediately connected with many of the staff members there, and she immediately seemed to respond to some of the tools and some of the theories that were being taught there. We toured the center, and we were all very impressed with the types of tools and incentives that the center was delivering to people and with the kind of care and compassion that people were utilizing there. We actually ended up staying overnight in Battle Creek to make sure that Alice was fully set up and ready to go. We helped her extensively to be able to get a better life, and A Forever Recovery did the rest. I am very pleased with this center and with what they were able to do for her.When she got out of A Forever Recovery, it was like she was a totally different person. She came to us and she was like a changed woman. She was almost like she was back to being the kid she was before she started abusing drugs and alcohol, but she had matured a lot too, which was amazing. Now she is back home once again, back in college, and back at her job too. Looking back on the experience, we have A Forever Recovery to thank for everything and for her recovery being what it is now.
When you finally come to the realization that you need treatment A Forever Recovery rehab center stands ready to help. They offer 24/7 support that you need to kick the habit and then stay clean for life. They have the know-how to help their clients get clean and fight withdrawal and then to reconstruct their lives and face the world with honest eyes. It is somehow foolish to think that substituting one addictive drug for another is a smart way to treat a problem and yet that is just what some drug rehabs suggest. Addiction is a genuine physical problem, and it must be faced head-on. AFR helps their clients find their inner strength without transferring their dependence to another substance. Their rehab center at AFR gives the client a fighting chance to get his or her life back together so he or she can become a productive person again without the drag that drug dependence puts on them. Each client who comes to recovery has a story, but all the stories come to the same end no matter where they start. Their trained professionals understand how to help a client take the steps that are required to step off the roller coaster that is drug addiction and to put his or her feet back on solid ground. Every client who comes to us is given the best chance for a full reintegration into society. There are many choices that a person has to make to get back on his or her correct life path and the first one is to choose to try. Once that decision is made the rest, while not easy is at least possible. Looking at the future with clear vision unfettered by a drug habit can be a wonderful thing. AFR can be the best place to start.
Because I went to A Forever Recovery I have my life back. I was on pain medication for 2 years and when it became noticeable to my husband I went to rehab. The rehab I went to was close to home because I wanted to be near my kids. Even if I couldn’t see them, I still wanted to be close to them. Going to rehab so close to home, at least for me, was a really bad idea. I relapsed 2 months after completing the program but the difference this time was that I now knew many more people I could get stuff from. I ended up using more than ever before. My husband was going to divorce me and take the kids but we agreed that I’d try rehab one more time before he took that step. He found AFR and at first, I was completely against it. The place looked nice and it seemed like a fine place but it was states away in Michigan and it was winter. My husband was adamant though and I didn’t really have a choice. It was either AFR or divorce. So, AFR it was. I’m lucky my husband was so dead set on it. It turned out to be the perfect place for me. Not at first. When I first got there, I was miserable. It was cold, so cold. I missed my kids, my husband, my house, just about everything. I was coming off pain pills and my emotions were out of control. More than just being miserable, I was a miserable person to deal with. The detox staff at AFR are champs though and were great with me. They helped me feel comfortable when I first got there. Were always making sure I was doing okay. Generally, just being there for me and making sure I had what I needed to get through detox with as little discomfort as possible. The facility itself is really nice and after being there for a couple days I was able to relax and just concentrate on my detox and then my program. The staff at AFR were wonderful all through the program. They are extremely dedicated to helping people get and stay off drugs and it shows in everything they do. If I needed help with something, there was always someone willing to take the time to help me. Going through the program helped me better understand myself and my addiction. I was able to start talking more openly and honestly with my husband and we were able to work through our issues. With the help I received at A Forever Recovery I’ve been able to put my life back together. I’ve been clean since completing my program. My relationship with my husband is better than ever. My family is still in one piece and I’m happy again. Going to AFR improved every aspect of my life.
At A Forever Recovery, they are dealing with a lot of issues between people that have been drug addicted. If you or someone who you know or care about which is starting to show signs of becoming addicted to drugs, alcohol or even prescription painkillers; you need to act swiftly, with compassion and with conviction to stress the importance to that person a drug rehab is in the persons best interest. The conversations you will need to have to explain the option to the individual will most likely be challenging and emotional, however, if you care about someone you will make all attempts to get them the professional help required to help battle a long-standing, new or developing addiction. Addiction treatment is a method of getting someone to give up drugs in an organized and documented method which is proven to be more beneficial when compared to outpatient options. Some of the most structured and helpful programs are those administered via an inpatient facility or treatment center which is accustomed to handling addicts and their recovery, and A Forever Recovery has that. Drug rehab is in the best interest of not only the person with the addiction but for the friends and family of that person. Treatment will give everyone the added peace of mind that the addict is well monitored, cared for and supported through the staff and professionals working at, or and with the treatment facility. Getting through the initial recovery of an addiction is best left to inpatient centers and can further help in ensuring success in recovery.A treatment approach has been proven to be the most successful form of therapy to help those dealing with an addiction. Drug addiction is a hard struggle, and the healing and recovery process is complicated, especially when you attempt to do it alone. Entering the AFR treatment facility can provide you with the support and guidance needed to overcome your addiction. Because there are many dimensions to drug addiction, each person suffering from drug addiction must be evaluated on a personal basis. During the detox phase, clients may experience different withdrawal effects depending on the drugs they’ve used. Their treatment must be adjusted accordingly. To rehab people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, the high emotional side effects must be taken into consideration. Clients suffering from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs have to deal with more physical withdrawal effects. During inpatient treatment, clients are monitored 24/7. There is always someone to talk to and to help you get through tough periods. Counseling sessions also help you confront your demons. Many people suffering from addiction have underlying issues that trigger them to abuse drugs. They attempt to numb themselves and escape from reality. Once the drugs wear off, the urge for more drugs gets stronger and overwhelming – the addiction has taken control. By entering a drug treatment program like A Forever Recovery, a drug addict removes him or herself from this negative environment that may have triggered the drug use. In the new, drug-free environment there is support, information and education available which are essential to rehab people that a dealing with addiction.
When my son went to A Forever Recovery it was because he had been prescribed pain medication after a car accident and ended up not being able to get off them. When we first realized that it was a problem and that he needed help we all figured that he’d be fine once he was just off the pain medication. So, we found a detox facility and he went there. When he started taking the pills again after he finished the detox we all got together as a family to figure out the best way to handle this problem. We’ve never had any experience with drug or alcohol addiction and none of us knew really the best way to go about handling this. My son though, decided that he wanted to go to rehab just to get this handled so it didn’t end up ruining his life. Finding the right rehab turned into a project though. With no experience with this sort of thing before we weren’t sure what kind of program to send him to. I knew that there were a lot of drug rehab centers to choose from however I didn’t know that there were so many different kinds of programs. So, when we came across A Forever Recovery it seemed like the perfect solution and it was. Having a rehab where we didn’t have to worry about making the wrong decision was exactly what we needed. My son could choose which program to do after he was detoxed and could pick one that made sense to him. We also were really happy with the facility itself. The fact that it was a lodge and didn’t look or feel like a hospital was a really big plus for him. He would’ve gone either way but this way he was much more comfortable there. He actually ended up really enjoying his time there. He got along well with all the other patients and the staff there were great. The staff understood how he became addicted to the pain medication and there wasn’t this attitude that an addict is an addict is an addict no matter how or why you became one. They didn’t make him feel bad for becoming addicted to the pain medication and instead just worked with him to make sure that AFR would be the only rehab he’d have to go to. They made sure he got everything out of his program that he could. In addition to that though, they made sure he had a good time while he was there. Which is something I really appreciate. Going to AFR helped my son with much more than just his pain medication addiction. Going there helped him with every aspect of his life.
Seeking professional help at A Forever Recovery is a great choice for a person looking for treatment. You can benefit you in more ways than you can imagine. You need to be able to admit you have a problem first, willing to stick with the treatment program even when it gets hard, and then seek help. If someone you know and love or even yourself is suffering from drug addiction, consider AFR as a safe program to make your life much better and much happier as soon as you enter yourself into the program. They are caring and will help you get on to a new life! There is hope for even some of the worst drug addiction cases, but you have to be willing to commit and give yourself the chance to make a fresh start in your life today. Any progress that you make in your recovery is one step closer to obtaining everything that you use to dream about. Make the call today to get yourself started on the journey that you will never want to turn back from, a life without drug addiction.If you are looking to end your struggle with addiction you should consider AFR. They have a great program and are so helpful in getting you clean from drugs and alcohol. The facility is nice and there are lots of activities and things to do to keep you busy. You will make friends in this program with people who know how you have been feeling. There is no judgement. A Forever Recovery is a program that can help you to get to living a life without drug addiction. Getting clean can help you in so many ways and it can lead to happiness and success. I appreciate the A Forever Recovery program. It is a great program to help you get free from drugs, There are many people who think that because they have an addiction to drugs that they can not ever become more than a drug addict, but the reality of the matter is that if they choose to live a life of sobriety they can have even more than imagined. The life without drug addiction is obtainable if you are willing to put forth the effort to commit to a program and finish it. You can have a life without drug addiction with AFR. The staff is caring and they work really hard to help you get to the main goal you are trying to achieve. They will help you get the tools you need to live a life after you walk out of the doors. The facility is really nice and they are all around have what you need to get through the program.
I truely appreciate what was done for me at AFR. This is one of the best experiences I have ever had. Ending that grip is not easy for you to do sometimes. It can be so hard to understand and try to find your way out of the struggle with addiction. There are so many different facets to this program to make it work for you! That is what is so great is how they will make it work for you as an individual. One of the most important steps to take when you're ready to stop the vicious cycle of drug abuse is to get started in a program like A Forever Recovery. In this setting, you will obtain a diverse array of treatment services that help you overcome the mental, physical, and spiritual hold that drugs had over you. Some of the treatment services offered at AFR will include individual counseling, group counseling, nutritional counseling, life skills training, music therapy and more!
I just wanted to say a few words here about A Forever Recovery, and express my gratitude with this treatment center for their ability to offer the quality of services that they offer. It is pretty rare that I can find a recovery program that is as successful or as helpful as this program is. I'm not saying that the A Forever Recovery program is perfect but damn they are close.I myself did not attend treatment at A Forever Recovery, but my best friend since high school went there, and I was very involved with his recovery there. I worked closely with this treatment center to ensure that my friend would have a good experience there, and he most definitely did. This recovery program offers a truly excellent approach for helping people to beat addiction to drugs and alcohol. A lot of people think that fighting an addiction is a very tough battle and I agree that it is. However, it really is important that people take the necessary actions and efforts to create lasting and permanent recovery. This treatment center puts in the effort, and though I would read it as yes being a "tough "program to go to, it is incredibly effective if people are willing to put in the effort necessary. My friend finally was willing after many failed attempts for treatment, and I am thrilled that recovery was able to work for him this time.In my experience in recovery, I have been able to essentially point out a few of the key differences that make A Forever Recovery unique as compared to other treatment programs. For example, A Forever Recovery approaches addiction treatment very much like a problem that can and should be effectively address with the recovery individual’s thoughts and opinions greatly taken into account. I really like this about this program. I'm not saying that treatment centers that utilize a very heavy-handed approach were they authoritatively tell you what to do are ineffective. Not my first choice maybe, but I’m not saying those approaches are ineffective in any way. Certainly those models work for some people, but A Forever Recovery is not like that. They greatly involve the individual in the recovery process and how they go about rehabilitating the individual.Another thing I really like about A Forever Recovery is their community involvement. This treatment center really makes a point to involve both their clients and their employees in the community. I feel like this makes a big difference in the level of recovery that people are able to get here. While guiding my friend through his recovery at this program, I noticed that the staff at A Forever Recovery had him volunteer at two different community events that A Forever Recovery was volunteering at and was helping to sponsor. This approach is really quite unique. Their insistence upon getting everybody involved in community programs really helps to make them effective I feel.Another unique thing about this program that I really thought was cool was how strongly dedicated they are to ongoing treatment and care. That is to say that they continue to work with their clients long after their clients complete the program. For example, my friend went to the treatment enter several months ago, and he is still in touch with his aftercare support counselor, and he meets with him on a weekly basis, and has a phone call with him on a weekly basis as well. This insistence upon ongoing recovery really shows their dedication to creating stability and a lifetime of freedom for their clients.All in all I would rate this is an excellent treatment center. I do believe it is a tough program, and it is not exactly for the weak of heart or for people who do not want to be actively involved in their own recovery. However, if you are looking for a program that will really make a difference in your life and make you work for it, this is the right treatment center to go to. My hat is off to A Forever Recovery, and I strongly recommend this program to people who want to get clean.
Drug abuse and addiction is a public health issue with serious consequences. From prescription drugs to cocaine, inhalants and marijuana, illicit substances have affected nearly every community and person in some way. But what exactly is drug abuse and how do people seek treatment for this disease?
Making the decision to seek help for drug addiction is a huge step toward improving your health and overall wellness, as well as that of your family and community. But where do you start? There are many options.
Attend a Rehabilitation Program: There are a plethora of rehab options available to people who abuse drugs. You should be able to find one that fits your budget and lifestyle. For a very intensive treatment, try an inpatient rehab program at a facility that is well-versed in addressing long-term addiction. These organizations provide a place for you to stay while you go through withdrawals, as well as medical assistance if it is needed. Drug rehab facilities offer therapeutic programs such as cognitive behavioral therapy to help users address the problems that may drive them to drug use. You'll also be surrounded by others in similar positions who are looking to stop using and seek support, which can be very helpful and inspiring.
1. Intake Process: Every person beginning an inpatient rehab program will go through an intake process. This involves a physical exam from a doctor and a mental exam from a therapist or psychiatrist. These professionals note any mental conditions, like bipolar disorder and depression, as well as physical issues, such as chronic fatigue or multiple sclerosis, which may be affected by drug use. New patients are usually searched to ensure they do not bring any drugs to the facility on their person or in their belongings. Once a patient has undergone the intake process, they will likely not be allowed to have visitors or even talk with friends and family over the phone for a few days. This promotes focus on recovery without distractions. Each facility is different, but after a few days or weeks, patients are typically allowed to make phone calls and receive visitors.
2. Detox: The first week of inpatient drug rehabilitation is often spent detoxing. Most facilities do not host many classes or require users to attend functions at this time, as it is instead spent dealing with the emotional and physical consequences of coming down from drug use. Long-time users may experience intense symptoms such as temporary blackouts, memory loss, depression, irritability, unpredictable mood swings, headache, insomnia, anxiety, nausea and more. Most patients just entering rehab find their first few days are some of the most difficult as they must completely adjust their habits and mindset, all while going through complex bodily symptoms. Physicians supervise this time of withdrawal to address any symptoms that require medical attention. After you have completed the detox phase and there is no more trace of drugs in your body, you will likely begin attending group and individual therapy sessions.
3. Therapy: While in drug rehabilitation, you don't simply stay away from the substance that you've become addicted to. Instead, you will spend your time learning about what triggers your abuse, and how to address urges and make amends. You will also likely attend group therapy sessions where you and other addicts can share your experiences and learn from one another under the supervision of a therapist or psychiatrist. Being in the presence of others who are learning how to restructure their lives after drug abuse can be very helpful. Knowing you're not alone is a huge step, plus you may be able to turn to those in similar situations for advice.
4. Reintegration: Eventually you will need to leave the safety and routine of your inpatient rehabilitation program and return to regular society. This comes with a lot of risks, as you may interact with situations and individuals that triggered your drug use. Before you leave a drug treatment program, you will learn skills to cope in the real world that don't involve turning to drugs. You might learn to walk away from certain individuals or not go to particular places where you formerly used to go. You may also return to the inpatient program facility for outpatient counseling. This helps many drug users to reintegrate into society and still maintain some source of assistance by going to daily or weekly therapy sessions.
Consider an Outpatient Program
Outpatient programs offer similar assistance to inpatient options such as therapy sessions and counseling, but the patient sleeps in his or her own home and is not confined to the rehabilitation center. Some patients prefer this option because it resembles some form of normality and allows them to potentially work and partake in family activities. It is important to note, though, that a person may require more serious, constant treatment than these outpatient programs can offer. If you are considering seeking treatment for drug addiction, discuss these possibilities with your doctor. He or she will help you decide what program is right for you.
Painkillers and Therapy
Some drug users who have been abusing pain medications like Oxycontin or morphine require pain relief but must find it in other ways than potentially addictive drugs. To address this issue, some people receive methadone, a synthetic narcotic. Individuals in inpatient or outpatient programs may use methadone, as can people who are not seeking any formal treatment but are trying to stop abusing painkillers. Your doctor may prescribe a methadone treatment plan if you have chronic pain issues and are recovering from addiction. Methadone can be given intravenously, via a tablet or as a dispersible. Use of this medication is carefully monitored as it can cause respiratory issues when you first begin or anytime you up your dosage. If you are concerned that you may be abusing prescription painkillers, talk to your physician about Methadone and other options like Suboxone or Narcan.
Working With a Sponsor
Similar to alcoholism treatment, some former drug users require assistance from sponsors. These individuals are often previous addicts themselves or have experiences as therapists or psychiatrists. They meet with patients regularly and are often available at a moment's notice to talk when an individual is feeling vulnerable and triggered. Sponsors can offer help when you need them the most and provide a firm sense of accountability.
To go through treatment successfully, it's important to find the right facility for you. To do so, first talk with your doctor. A physician can determine how severe your addiction is, which will help you decide if you want to try inpatient or outpatient treatment. He or she can also consider any withstanding health issues such as psychiatric conditions that should also be factored into your decision.
Next, check out facilities and programs that offer treatment for the substances that you abuse. Attending a program that is specific to your drug of choice will make your treatment much more likely to be impactful and successful. Look into potential facilities and learn about their drug policies. Some provide certain users with medications like Valium and Xanax to counteract symptoms of distress associated with alcohol or drug withdrawals. You may not want to attend such programs if you fear that you may instead become addicted to these substances or if you have ever had issues with abusing these medications in the past.
You should also note what potential programs to turn to during drug cravings. Some offer excellent nutrition and wellness plans that use healthy eating and exercise to reduce the physical and psychological want or need for a substance. Learning this coping skill is imperative to transitioning back into society, as you will be better prepared to face cravings once you are no longer in drug abuse treatment.
Some treatment programs promote quick sobriety through seemingly impossible means, such as herbal supplements or religious affiliation. When choosing a treatment facility, be wary of questionable claims like, "Shake your drug addiction in one week!" If the advertising sounds too good to be true, the program could potentially be a scam. Instead, look for organizations that include approval and certification from real doctors and health care providers. If a well-known drug abuse therapist or hospital recommends a clinic, for example, it is much more likely that you will have a successful treatment experience there.
Finances are another major part in your treatment program choice. Some facilities accept health insurance like United Healthcare, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Humana and Medicaid. To learn what options are financially feasible for you, call your insurance provider and ask about any programs with which they are connected. Many carriers support in-state assessment, detox and outpatient treatment. Some also partially cover residential or inpatient treatment.
Because drug addiction is considered a disease, major health insurance providers must treat it like any other chronic condition that requires medical treatment. Make a call to the member services phone line at your insurance company and they can explain both in-network and out-of-network coverage for addiction and drug abuse treatment. Be sure to inquire about co-pays and deductibles so you don't receive a surprise bill months after you start a program. If you don't have insurance, you may be able to find outpatient programs like Narcotics Anonymous that offer counseling and meetings for patients at no cost.
Drug Abuse Facts
Every illegal use of a drug, from prescription medications to a hit of methamphetamine, creates an addiction risk for the user. One single dose of a club drug, for example, can cause long-term cognitive damage because it changes the chemical makeup of the brain. It is not always the substance that leads to a label of drug abuse. Instead, it is the nature in which the substance is used. For example, you may break a bone and require surgery. You will likely be prescribed some painkillers to promote healing in your body and make you more comfortable. If, however, you find that the medication creates feelings of euphoria so you pretend you need the drug longer than you do in order to get more pills, that is considered drug abuse. It doesn't matter that you have a prescription and the substance is technically legal.
Helping Your Family Cope
You are not the only one affected by your drug abuse. You family and friends may also appreciate going to therapy to learn how to cope with your addiction. Many people attend support meetings or join groups to mingle with others who are close to drug addicts to provide emotional assistance. When you go through treatment, those close to you must also learn to change their mindsets and behaviors to address these changes to the new you. Many patients have to stop associating with some former friends in order to stay away from illicit substances and avoid situations that may trigger drug abuse. Starting a hobby is a good way to meet new people outside of these social circles once you've received treatment.