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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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I placed my son here last year and they are the worst facility i have ever seen in my life. My son was able to get drugs from another person in rehab! He failed a drug test and they kicked him out after 24 days because they do not do whats needed to keep drugs out of the facility apparently. My son needed psychiatric care and did not receive it while there and his medications were not monitored. The facility has very low quality of leeping in touch with the family and they have poor food for the people that stay there. DO NOT put your loved one at this facility! Wasted time, wasted money and made his situation worse ... Not to mention drugs are at this place!
It was absolutely the worse place I have ever been. I went to my counselor on my check day and she said no you can't go because you need 7 more days. If you do leave it will be under AMA and she was very arrogant. I finally stayed 3 more days due to Methadone treatment. After that on my day for check out, Melody in finance said that don't take VA insurance but they take ChampVA the spouse of the veteran. She must have thought she was talking to a idiot. I left got home call the VAAnd they wrote a consul for my stay to be paid in full. I spoke with Melody and she said I can't invoice them but I will send it to you to mail in. Well again a lie she invoice Medicare and I have not received or spoke with her since. All about money!!! "Fast"Robert Sessoms
This was my first experience in a treatment program. I was desperate to detox and have counseling for my 3 month addiction to opiates. I personally felt that most of the staff are sincere about this program. I was there 10 days and choose to detox, and go home for personal counseling, as there professed to be one in one counseling there, but I never saw it, nor heard any of the patients say they had participated in it. The food is horrible,just as other reviews say. I can't believe you pay that kind of money and get what they serve you. Some of the counselors care, others are burnt out. As an older patient, I know that structure is needed for addicts, but The med lines are ridiculous. There has to be a better solution. I found that the nurses were very empathetic, I had no problems with them. The doctor is an idiot. I saw him once. He could care less. And, I was truly bullied about staying my time there and not leaving. I was actually told, by the assessment doctor that if I left, I WOULD relapse. The facility was clean, not gross. Like a hotel. The housekeepers were wonderful. I learned so much, but I think the overall healing process was attributed to the interpersonal relationships I developed with the other patients. My advice: detox with their help, go home, join a group, NA, AA, whichever. Get one on one counseling if you can. Whatever higher power you believe in.... participate in true faith. Sounds trite, but it works if you work it....sucks if you don't (but you know that).
I wouldnt suggest this place they are the highest paying treatment center. Even there sister clinic is not as high as them and for us to have to pay that much we alsoo have to wait an hr or two just to dose because everyone is quietting i guess they rather paying traveling expense for someome to come help out instead of paying an hr more to the ones that r there smart and they have new counselors that dont know whats going on
I feel I recieved the treatment I needed. The entire staff was OUTSTANDING
I am absolutely shocked at the low ratings on this page. I have been a patient at several inpatient drug rehabs, and twice at WTC. The facility is absolutely fantastic, clean, and has wonderful staff. The food is great, and the rooms are like hotel quality. The other facilities I have been to are state run and those types of places are like jail. This place is like a resort after coming from state run facilities. There are lots of fun activities to do like arts and crafts, basketball and volleyball. Wonderful place! Absolutely saved my life.
I was there for 4 days in January this year. I would not send even my worse enemies to this place. 2 visits by doctors, a "fist bump" only contact with counselor before leaving AMA. Worst of all I had a Paradoxal Reaction to Phenobarbital. This went undiagnosed and I hardly slept a wink. I was interrogated mercilessly to stay, I possibly suffer PTSD from this classic interrogation/mind change technique. I am a Pyschiatric Nurse and also saw numerous JACHO violations I have been involved in hospital/nursing inspections and am an excellent nurse, I do know what I am looking at. This place should be shut down by NC.
I had my ex there for the 28 day program in 2013 and again in 2014. I made it clear that he was not to go home but go directly to a long-term 24 month program in the mountains and they agreed and said they even have transport there. The 28 day program in Wilmington was just to build his strength. I told them that sending him home instead of long-term care would be a death sentence for him. He cannot be back in that house alone and 28 days isn't enough for him. His first day there he tripped and fell and they had to take him to the hospital for stitches. He shouldn't even have been aloud to walk around by himself being so weak and needing a walker. Then at the end of the program, they sent him home instead of to the long-term program. I had a fit. That's when it hit me. They don't want their patients to get better. Read that part again - They don't want their patients to get better because if they do, then they can't come back and pay the gigantic fee anymore. It's all about money to these people. If your insurance will keep paying then you suddenly need more treatment. If your insurance won't pay anymore, you've suddenly had a miraculous recovery. They are horrible and have quite a racket going on and that is what I told his counselor. I said what is going to be different than last time? He said they set him up for Intensive Outpatient program - same as before only this time he can't drive so how was he supposed to get there? I asked about a "safe house" and the idiot counselor said, and I quote, "He would be too isolated." Oh but sending him home to be all alone to drink his life away isn't isolation? So he went home, drank again immediately, fell down the stairs and cracked his face and head to where his house looked like a crime scene. I know a treatment center can only do so much, but they have enough experience to know what will happen, especially with my ex. They only care about your money. Stay away from the Wilmington Treatment Center!
Horrible place. I was there in 2012. Wait in line for HOURS for meds while withdrawing from whatever. People having seizures in line. A couple of fights a day. Food is worse than jail food. Seriously. Counselors Are ok but overwhelmed. You can get any drug you want. They should be shut down. Fellowship hall in Greensboro saved my life.
I stayed here 28 days in 2006. The center had just gone from being a free mix of male/female to no talking or communication between the 2 sexes. No problem except the facility was not designed in such a way as to logically separate the sexes. If you were caught even saying hello, you were given a strike. Three strikes and you were kicked out and your money kept. While I was there, a 78 year old man stopped an 18 year old girl in the hall and asked for directions to a specific classroom. They were both written up for flirting. Another thing: the food. It is not cheap to go there and the food was absolutely disgusting and pathetic. A typical lunch was a hotdog and maybe 6 french fries. I felt especially bad for the guys, they were always hungry. You aren't told this beforehand, but they move you out of the facility and into some ghetto halfway houses located in the hood. The room I stayed in had 7 females total. At one point, it was about 13 women using one bathroom. A total nightmare. The counselor I had, I can't remember her sorry name, but she was skinny, blonde, late 40's and had a voice like Melissa Etheridge, told the process group I was in that as addicts, we should have low standards and low expectations in life. Once, she overheard a patient talking about a bad customer service experience and she spoke up and said that as addicts, we had no right to expect good service. Yes, she really said that. She also called and had long conversations with my husband, even though I did not sign a legal waiver giving her permission. In fact, I told her to NOT speak to him, even if he called, because we were planning to divorce and anything she said he would use against me in court. He did indeed get a lot of information about me from her and when I confronted her and told her she had violated HIPPA laws, she smirked, chuckled and said "your word against mine.. I have a masters degree and you are an addict". This facility has a "one size fits all" theory about recovery which is after you complete the 28 days, everyone needed to go to halfway house, divorce their spouses and/or dump their girfriends/boyfriends. If you refused to go to a halfway house, they would call your family to pressure you, telling them it was the only way to save you. They would also get all the counselors together and put you in a room with them and have an "intervention". This involved being mentally tormented and harassed until you "broke". The techs here were all former patients on a power trip. God knows their position to boss other addicts around was their only benefit, as they were all paid minimum wage. There were so nasty, nasty hateful people. I will never forget standing outside waiting for the shuttle to take me back to the halfway house in the hood, and saying hello to a male walking by and being chastised in front of about 50 other patients by a 22 year old tech ( was 36). It kinda showcased for me the whole sad, sorry, ridiculous experience of it all. Oh and btw: I should add. There was nothing to stop you from leaving except they would refuse to give you back your keys and wallet and other personals. Remember the old man that got written up? That incident was enough for him to make some phone calls and find another facility. They REFUSED to give him his property back. He had to call his lawyer who had to make some legal threats, before WTC returned his property. There are some good rehab facilities, but this is not one of them.
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.