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I lived with a group of all male roommates when I was 18 and still experimenting. I had yet to know what full-blown drug addiction was.

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I lived in a city with a beautiful landscape surrounded by mountains, but I spent most of my 18th summer locked inside, smoking, snorting, and swallowing substances, instead of enjoying it. My roommate and best friend, Miles, always (at least in the beginning) had a lot of money, but I never saw him go to one day of work.

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He would make vague claims about his past in Seattle and the money he saved from working at a nice restaurant there. He would describe to me how easy it was to be nice and outgoing to the customers when he was on Oxy. I still couldn’t understand how someone could actually walk around and function, let alone go to work on this stuff.

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I had absolutely no money, (though I did have a car we could use so I felt I was contributing in a way), and he paid for everything. He even bought all of my paintings, which I had a stack of when I met him. He put them up all around the place. I didn’t paint again for quite a long time, although it used to be my number one passion.

 We did cocaine, pills, OxyContin, and smoked a lot of weed when none of those were available. I considered all of these people close friends of mine.

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One friend that would come over was named Spencer. Spencer had won 20 grand on a scratch ticket and had become a hardcore drug addict as the result. His poison was smoking oxy off of foil. He was big guy and pretty attractive a lot of bling, liked gold chains and rings but acted like a child a most of the time. He used to drive around, smoking oxy, get so high he would throw up out the window, and turn around and continue smoking more. A real dumb-ass once you got to know him

He would blow the smoke into a balloon and re-inhale it until it was gone. Sometimes he would pass the balloon to me. Spencer would either be really nice to me, or call me names. He would literally call me a bitch and say I was worthless, and then stop and smile and tell me I was awesome.

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Spencer and I used to bicker like siblings, and one day he and I, along with 3 or 4 other friends were sitting in Miles’s room smoking weed or something. Things escalated and I pushed him, it was playful and we were laughing and he pushed me to the floor, he was holding down my arms and I started getting a little freaked out and told him to get off me. Instead of getting off me he pulled my shirt down and I started getting really scared and screaming for him to stop. Instead of stopping he pulled my bathing suit top over in front of everyone. Everyone saw what happened and no one said anything, and when I recall this I wonder if they would have said anything if he proceeded to pull the rest of my clothes off or go even further than that.

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Thankfully it went no further than that and he got up off of me. I re-adjusted my top and left the room. I did not move out or stop talking to them like I probably should have, but just pretended nothing happened and continued living there. Luckily Spencer didn’t come over that often.

It wasn’t long after I discover Stop Frying Your Brain, they had lots of funny clips and great articles that I started reading. Then as I read, I slowly realized I had a pretty serious problem. One day I reached out to them. They hooked me up with a first class center. Great People.

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Detoxing from any abused substance is not easy.  While the process promises to bring the abuser an unpleasant experience, it is the necessary first step in abstinence.
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For anyone wanting to submit to a life of sobriety, detoxing is mandatory at a treatment facility.  This process can be done on one’s own, however, it is not recommended for anyone.  Physicians and medical personnel make the experience more comfortable for the patient and offer round the clock care throughout the entire process.

All detox plans are personalized to the individual.  It is extremely important for the person to be completely honest to the overseeing staff.  While co-occurring addictions are a reality, there will be various symptoms for each substance.  In addition, as some of these symptoms can lead to negative physiological and physical problems, the appropriate care and planning will need addressed.

Once someone is admitted to a treatment facility an evaluation begins immediately, which includes blood work.  The medical staff will ask questions about all drug use including past and present.  However, their position is not one to pass judgment.

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During this time, most individuals will be at the peak of withdrawal symptoms.

Care begins immediately for the sufferer to ensure the entire process can be as less painful as possible.  It is also during this process, that the detox plan will be discussed, as well as setting up of a long-term plan once the detox process has finished. After stabilization has been achieved, the transition begins for long-term treatment.  This entire process begins and ends with trained medical personnel and prior to leaving all treatment for the individualized plan will be in place.

As each substance will promote its own symptoms, it may be important to know beforehand what is to be expected during a detox.  Someone suffering from a dependency with cocaine will suffer withdrawal symptoms for up to three weeks, and in most  cases, up to twelve weeks.

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These symptoms typically begin in the first nine hours after crashing from a binge and can last up to four days. In the first week, one can expect to suffer periods of mood changes accompanied with depression and insomnia.

Cravings will also come and go.  In the second week, vivid dreams of using will persist as well as cravings.  The individual will also suffer bouts of anger and depression. Into week three, the chances of  remaining abstinent are high.

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After 30-days, sleeping problems will persist that will cause for mood fluctuations.  Also during this time, one stands to relapse to avoid stress.  Due to the onset of depression, antidepressants may prove effective during ongoing treatment.

Withdrawal from methadone also proves to be difficult for someone undergoing a detox.  The ways that the drug is consumed by the user will also have a varying effect on the severity of the symptoms.  For example, an intravenous user will suffer more severe symptoms.  Following the first 24-hours that using stops, fatigue and depression will set in.  Cravings and the inability to concentrate will occur during 4-10 days after and extreme mood changes will begin.

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In the following weeks and up to one month of abstinence, insomnia, depression and cravings will be ongoing.  Once the one month mark has arrived, the onset of post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) can begin, and these have no set time in persistence as the individual’s overall span of addiction and the amounts of usage will determine this.

It is estimated that presently 517,000 Americans suffer with heroin addiction, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).  The detox from heroin can be one of the most grueling to experience.  As with other substances, there will be variations in extremes depending on the total years of abuse and the amounts used daily.

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The degrees that one will experience difficulty, will depend on the mental and physical dependency itself.  Not surprisingly, a history of mental illness can lead to an early onset of an addiction to this opiate.

here are three variations of withdrawals when detoxing from heroin.  In a mild experience, one can expect those symptoms of nausea, abdominal pain, sweats, chills, and muscle and bone aching.  The most severe cases will include anxiety, insomnia, hypertension, rapid heart rate, muscle spasms, impaired breathing and hypertension, accompanied with cravings.  Withdrawal from heroin usually begins 6-12 hours after the last use, and after peaking at 2-3 days, typically the detox process has ended by day ten.  Ongoing treatment for maintaining abstinence is highly recommended for success.

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As cravings begin early on and more than likely can persist an extended amount of time for each individual, long-term treatment is part of every detox plan.  Once the detox has completed, daily experiences will need to be addressed as the individual learns life coping skills that sobriety offers.

Having spent any portion of his life burying emotions with substances, it can become overwhelming for one in recovery as he begins to address those feelings that have been suppressed.  Ongoing drug rehabilitation is a necessary step so that any underlying issues can and will be treated as well.   With a dual diagnosis established if needed, the individual then has the best possibility of living a life of abstinence from substance abuse.

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Substance abuse and physical dependency are real for many people.  The beginning step of any recovery process is to detox the body from the toxins that are found in the abused substances.  
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While each substance differs, some of these being heroin, vicodin, cocaine or alcohol, the time frames for the detox process do as well.  It is important to know that detoxing is considered to be the first step in sobriety, and is used by most treatment facilities.

So does detox have to be done in or at a treatment facility?  The answer to that is no, although detoxing at home is not recommended.  The process is one that should be regularly supervised by medically trained personnel.  The body’s abrupt halt to the a substance it has become dependent on, can cause for life threatening consequences.  The chances of suffering from these are increased when the appropriate attention is not given.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) also strongly advises for the detoxing process to be overseen by medical professionals.

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Detoxing is uncomfortable and is not easy.  The normal reaction to this process is to find the source that alleviates the cause for pain and cravings.  By doing this at home and in his own environment, the chances of giving in to the drug of choice (DOC) is highly increases, as well as any other substance that could be used in its place.  By detoxing with medical supervision, one’s success is more likely.

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It is also important to understand that one’s length of an addiction, as well as the DOC, will determine the length of time for the detox process.  

Also, being a painful process, the neural system causes confusion in the individual when over.  With proper care, no facility will allow for a person to leave willingly until it is obvious the individual is able to mentally and physically care for himself correctly.

While detoxing, it is not unusual for individuals to seek relief during the process. Benzodiazepine (benzos) is one substance commonly prescribed.  While the effects are positive for those in need and used as prescribed, it is important to understand that benzos are substances that are highly addictive.  Anyone using benzos should do so only under a physician’s care.

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Benzos are in the same class as tranquilizers and are most often prescribed for anxiety, with more common names like valium or xanax.

However, addiction to benzos if often times stronger than an addiction to any other substance, both physically and mentally. Because of the effects, benzos are also often used as date rape drugs.  These substances are tasteless when mixed with alcohol and the effects are stronger when combined. Also due to popularity, additional names used are roofies, tranks, downers, and stupefied, to give a few.

Signs of benzo use are increased drowsiness and confusion, as well as impaired judgment and slowed reaction times.  Since these drugs are so highly addictive, it is important to note that long-term use can lead to a multitude of health issues, just as any other substance. Detox is possible at home or in any type of treatment facility.  A physician’s supervision is necessary though as abruptly stopping these substances can lead to seizures or coma.

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Another commonly used and prescribed substance during the detox process is methadone.  Methadone is similar to heroin, but it blocks all opiate based substances.

Unlike heroin having effects that last from 2-3 hours, methadone. Furthermore, doses of methadone can last up to 24 hours.  As heroin offers a short-term time frame with extreme drowsiness and physical relaxation, methadone taken as prescribed gives similar results with less intensity.

Not only is methadone popular in its uses for curbing opiate withdrawal and cravings in addicts, but it also has negative side effects. It leaves the user to deal with mood swings, nausea and much lower response times including slowed breathing.  Overdose is possible with this substance.  Not only is it highly addictive, but mixed with other substances it is lethal.

It is extremely important for those considering this route to understand that long-term use is as damaging as any other opiate.  With such extreme negative outcomes faced with use of methadone, it should not be taken without a physician’s approval and precise prescription.  Highly inconvenient for the user also is the fact that methadone is only given in and by treatment facilities.

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While detoxing from an abused substance can steer an addict away from recovery, it is important for any addict to understand that when doing so correctly, the effects caused by withdrawal are not long lasting.

As with any mind altering substance, just as easily as the body and mind are affected when ingested, so are both equally affected when these substances are stopped.

While the process is uncomfortable, the benefits of stopping substances all together, allow for one to move into sobriety in order to further heal.  Once the individual starts to evolve within daily sober living, maintaining this may be more plausible without having to stop the use of another substance, if one is being considered as part of a detox process.

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In 2015, more than 33,000 people fatally overdosed on opioids, including prescription drugs and heroin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no other year on record has seen a higher number. Nearly half of the deaths involved a prescription opioid. Last year that number doubled. We need resources!
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Let’s take a closer look at these numbers. 33,000 doubled equals 66,000 lives lost to opioid overdose in 2016. For perspective, these following cities have populations close to 66,000…

Portland, Maine
Flagstaff, Arizona
Redondo Beach, California
St. Charles, Missouri
Weston, Florida
Youngstown, Ohio
Skokie, Illinois
This is just a few of many cities across the country with populations of approximately 66,000.
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JUST IMAGINE…next year one of these cities completely WIPED FROM THE MAP because our society could not get a handle on this epidemic.

Let that sink in for a minute. I GUARANTEE if one of these cities were wiped from the map by an outside source, the POTUS would retaliate. But the deaths of, on average, 181 people per day randomly across the country are overlooked.

66,000 deaths is approximately the number of total casualties in the Revolutionary War versus the British. Football stadiums that hold approximately 66,000 people are Gillette Stadium (NE Patriots) …Commonwealth Stadium (Kentucky Wildcats)…Century Link Stadium (Seattle Seahawks) These are staggering numbers, to say the least!! The time for change is NOW!!!

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More perspective…The Zika Virus was announced and people and press absolutely LOST THEIR MINDS!!

There have been less than a handful of deaths in the U.S. due to the Zika Virus. WHY in world did this get so much attention?? Is it because Big Pharma profits on funds for vaccine research? Perhaps they are willing to seek a solution since there is no possibility of reaching a financial agreement with mosquitoes to continue the influx of newly affected victims.

Maybe I am guilty of being facetious here, but am I really that far off base? Big Pharma profits from the introduction to opioids via prescription to patients. As a patient becomes dependent on opioids, Big Pharma still profits. Now an addict out of control who can no longer afford or get enough prescriptions for opioids, the solution becomes heroin from the streets. So this patient who started their journey due to pain caused naturally, by surgery or other has a life threatening heroin addiction.

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Big Pharma comes to the “rescue” with Methadone and Suboxone which is used to help wean addicts off of heroin.

So there is profit on the front, profit on the back…hell maybe Big Pharma profits off the import of heroin, fentanyl and other opiates into the U.S. from other countries. I would not be surprised, in the least, if they also profited from addiction treatment facilities above and beyond the use of Methadone and Suboxone.

In recovery, we often use the phrase, “You are only as sick as your secrets”. It has become quite apparent that our society is VERY sick…I am sure it is due to many secrets…

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Damn, I don’t think I recall even one time where I was able to do my get-well shot before I’d hear the words” put your hands behind your back you’re under arrest”.

In fact every single time I was in withdrawals without money I’d think up a brilliant money-making scheme, and I break out in handcuffs before getting myself well.

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As if it isn’t bad enough I’ve been fingerprinted, injected, had blood drawn, mug shots taken, been on a nice cold concrete floor with a wool blanket and seven other inmates when I hear heavy Keys rattling bars open and my name screamed, followed by grab your things you’re moving to general population!

I’m sick as hell,nose running, eyes burning, cold sweats,muscles spasm, I’ve been sneezing my ass off and have had zero strength been vomiting on an empty stomach and had no sleep for days.

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I ask for a roll of toilet paper to be told one a week. I am in an overcrowded block on the top bunk, climbing down every 30 min to use the steel facilities.

I am literally being screamed at ,threatened, harassed by the little cupcake girls with the toilet paper rollers in her hair and the Candy makeup on and the two dude wannabes on the other side of the block who want to fight me because they can smell my sweat from the opiates leaving my system through my pores,  on the other side of the block.

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39 days later the supposedly  going to be over in 48 to 72 hour withdrawal, must have finally been  on the download slope, because suddenly as I open my eyes to several inmates cheering me on, and feeling as if… I’d slept for a week.

I look up at the clock to see I’ve gotten the full 20 minutes of sleep and don’t think for a minute that there isn’t more to this story but this in itself is more than enough to remind me why I never want to detox in jail again.

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The current Florida legislation that was passed on May 4, 2017 HB 807 (SB 788) broken down to simplistic terms;

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About the “New Florida Laws” for TC and Detox operators. While I get the intent I can’t tell you the number of calls I got from owners and operators wanting to know my thoughts;

The general feeling is this is a perfect example of how “Government” strangles small business owners. One owner told me it reminded him of the time when the chicken farmers decided to write a book on computer repairs. Epic failure. My two cents would be you can’t legislate morality. It doesn’t work.  The best example I can think of is they made dope illegal. How did that work out? 

The resulting legislation (PDF Here) is a big pile of goo and nobody has a clue what any of it  actually means. Overnight turned many good operators into criminals while increasing their operating costs, lowering their care and profits. Owners and operators are not happy as they attempt to change current operations to conform to something they don’t understand.

One investor/owner said; “We needed to hire a lawyer in an attempt to understand how to comply with these new laws and its still not very clear what we’re doing resulting in 10’s of thousands of dollars in additional costs to change current operations.

Our focus has changed from treating clients to complying with government regulations. One thing for sure government run operations are NEVER efficient or profitable. Our bricks and mortar assets will be sold…. and we’re moving out of Fla at first chance. We have to remain competitive in the industry or go out of business.”

The new laws probably won’t have much effect on the bad guys other than making them all move out of the state destroying 1000’s of badly needed jobs and making Fla the worst place to make multimillion dollar investments in these businesses.

You can’t blame the investors/owners. Owners/investors told me its hard enough running these places now they have to deal with DCF red tape and huge increased costs in terms of licensing and legal counsel to protect their million dollar investments. The margins are to skinny for this non-sense.

“Nope not happening we’re building in another state is the answer investors are saying”. So the investors are leaving. See ya Florida… we’re gone…. is the market response and have a nice day.

Did I mention it will drive up costs of treatment for those who badly need it and don’t have a dime. My take soon FLA will NOT be competitive in the market because of increased operating costs while providing less service for the dollar…. other states will steal our economic advantage.

I will tell you some of the best treatment providers are in Fla. Do your homework. Both good and bad in any state.

SMH Another industry destroyed by politicians? Need a job in this industry MOVE out of Fla. One thing for sure you…. don’t want to work and/or operate in Florida anymore they say. #Good Job

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Marketing: Drug treatment center marketers will need to be licensed by the state’s Division of Consumer Services. Deceiving, lying, or misleading about treatment services offered, amenities, and the high jacking of 800 numbers will be first-degree misdemeanor.

Criminal Penalties: Statewide you can be investigated and prosecuted for patient brokering. Prosecution could result in a felony and the fines increase with the number of patients brokered. Brokering more than 20 patients will be a first-degree felony and a whopping fine of $500,000.

DCF’s Role (Department of Children and Families): It will now cost much more to license a facility and the penalty for operating without a license is a third-degree felony with a maximum 5 years in jail. DCF significant increase in licensing fees. Operating without a license becomes a third-degree felony, carrying a maximum five-year prison sentence. DCF now must draft the new rules including; clinical, treatment best-practices, operating standards, levels of qualifications for addiction professionals and the number of staff that will be required to operate. DCF will also be allowed to visit you center anytime without notice and inspect all of the above.

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As a treatment center owner, detox center owner, or sober living owner you need to completely understand the 5 bills that have passed;

HB 807 (SB 788) — Marketers will now have to be licensed and there are stiff penalties and fines for patient brokering. and centers will be help legally liable for deceptive marketing practices. It makes DCF the “big brother” and enforcer of the industry

Sponsors: Reps. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton; Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart; and Joseph Abruzzo, D-Boca Raton; and Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Atlantis.

HB 249 (SB 588) — Paramedics, emergency techs, and hospitals to collect data on overdoses and report them to the Dept. of Health. Forces hospitals to adapt overdose protocols.

Sponsors: Reps. Bob Rommel, R-Naples, Larry Lee Jr., D-Fort Pierce; and Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples.

HB 477 —  Directly attacks drug dealers with min. and mandatory jail time including heavy fines for dealing in fentanyl. It also gives prosecutors the option of imposing murder charges.

Sponsors: Reps. Kathleen Peters, R-St. Petersburg; and Charlie Stone, R-Ocala.

HB 557 (SB 840) — Directed towards prescribing physicians controlling the quantity of opioids prescribed to five days. The Prescriptions that are filled for any controlled substances must be reported in the State prescription drug monitoring database within one day.

Sponsors: Rep. Nicholas Duran, D-Miami, Rep. David Silvers, D-West Palm Beach; and Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Atlantis.

SB 886 (HB 791) — Protects individuals that have been Marchman Acted by making their court records confidential.

Sponsors: Sen. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach; and Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Boca Raton.

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Most of us know that detoxing from a substance is the first step of any drug program.  In order to cleanse the body of toxicity, detoxing is a must.  It isn’t an easy task.  But easy isn’t what an addict knows anyway, right?  Being done and moving into recovery, unfortunately, isn’t something that many succeed at doing.
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Many remain trapped inside of active addiction.  These people also remain in the criminal system.  Yet still, more have lost their lives from giving in to their drug of choice.

Those that remain uneducated on addiction still have their opinions about how easy it should be to just quit if one desires to be clean.  But those that have experienced and witnessed the grasps of addiction first hand, know all too well that recovery takes strength, commitment, and support.

Even more troubling is the cost of healthcare, the cost of treatment; moreover, the financial burden that takes precedence over life saving actions.  It’s true that an addict will fight to maintain their addiction and to keep the physical dependency at bay in order to avoid pain, physical and emotional.

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It’s true that families and friends are torn apart because of addiction. But on the other side of this the reality is society still perceives these people – the junkies, the meth heads, the wastes, the worthless – as lives not worth saving, as people that refuse to help themselves, and as a focus that for some reason shouldn’t take precedence today.
Here’s the truth: People are dying.  We are losing more lives to this epidemic than any other statistic standing in the way of our own longevity.  So, as far as healthcare is concerned, let’s strip it down a bit.

Yes, the cost is high for treatment.  Yes, the cost proves to be a financial burden for many.  But when one can look past the initial cost, long term treatment is more cost efficient than many probably realize.   The savings through healthcare on a long term view, are at an estimated ratio of 12 to 1 (2016).

That’s an important fact.  Considering the options of continuing the course in active addiction as well as the likelihood of incarceration, the financial burden of treatment by way of healthcare is a positive.

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Here’s an example:  As stated by the National Drug Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), the cost of incarceration, per person annually, amounts to approximately $18,400.00.

The average cost of treatment is $4,700.00 (and that’s including the cost of medicine assisted treatment). Also, when comparing the differences financially in healthcare vs. incarceration, by utilizing addiction treatment programs, many are able to increase their own socialization skills, by increasing positive results in productivity in the workplace, and by reducing work related accidents caused by substance use.

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Without treatment, those with a criminal past because of substance abuse have a recidivism rate of an upwards of 85%.  Past problems are not dealt with, and the addiction remains very active for the abuser.

It is also estimated that every dollar invested in addiction treatment programs yield a return of $4.00 – $7.00.  This then reduces theft, and keeps other drug related crimes down (NIDA).

By looking at the long term comparisons, it seems to remain an unfair bias that treatment is too costly for those in need. While the upfront costs can hinder someone seeking assistance to begin the recovery process, the long term consequences speak quite loudly.  Treatment leads to a productive and healthy lifestyle.  For the individual regaining his life, free from addiction and substance abuse, it seems asinine to believe that treatment isn’t a good investment.

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The way to break free from a life of addiction is to undergo the necessary changes to do so.  The idea of detox is fearful for those suffering from a substance use disorder and often deters someone from finding the help he needs.

However, when considering the reality that life can change and by having the desire to change it, detoxing is a rather small hurdle of time to undergo once the long term benefits are considered.

The experience, too, is one that the addict can cling to as a reminder for what will need to be felt again should he return to using a substance.  Even using MAT’s, one has to consider that these are not meant to be lifelong commitments.  Regardless of the length of time, the ultimate goal is to end the use of opiates or other substances.  

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Detoxing is the physical action of removing any one or more toxic substances from the body.  In order to do so correctly this process involves complete abstinence from the abused substance(s).  
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This process is also the first part of one’s recovery from substance use.  As the first step, this means that regardless of the type of treatment, intensive outpatient or inpatient therapy, detoxing from any abused substance will happen for the addict as he begins his recovery journey.

However, because of the abrupt changes the body undergoes during this period of time, it is a safer environment for the individual to undergo a detox at a treatment facility.  Trained medical staff are kept on-hand throughout the entire process.  This ensures proper supervision of withdrawal symptoms.  Not only is the extra supervision ideal for the discomfort experienced throughout, but it will also keep one from giving in to cravings to the alcohol or drug of choice (DOC).

Typically, treatment programs offer 30-90 day options.  Depending on the abused substance(s), detox lengths will vary.  Because some drugs take longer than others to leave a person’s body, having around the clock care is beneficial to someone undergoing the detox process.  Heroin is an opiate and takes the better part of one week to be completely removed from the body of an addict.  But there are some substances that do not induce physical withdrawals when stopped.  Even so, these conditions still require the one in recovery to utilize and maintain personal counseling and/or group therapy for treatment.

It is not until a person feels he is in control of himself, both mentally and physically, that he will be approved and deemed fit to safely leave a treatment facility.  The detox and rehabilitation programs improve the likelihood of one’s success.  Not allowing any chance of railroading the necessary time lapse of healing before the option to return to his home and daily life, is a huge factor in remaining free of bad judgment and risking a relapse.

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As an addict, using the DOC is the norm to avoid facing his own emotions.  As the body is removing these toxins, the emotions will then become real and unavoidable.  This experience can be hard and is trying for the beginning stages of recovery.  Typically, while in the first 24-48 hours, the individual will experience immense and difficult emotions.  Trying to work through these alone, are often what causes a relapse to happen.

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As an option, many transitioning into recovery are given the opportunity to begin medical assisted treatments (MAT’s) to aid in the relief of the symptoms one undergoes in detox.  As a result, in choosing this, one opiate is being replaced with another, which in turn prolongs the process of a complete detox.  Regardless of the available MAT’s, any one of them will result in this delay.  It could be suggested then that undergoing the first step of a complete detox will save the individual from similar situations in the future.

Not only this, but denying one’s self the opportunity for ongoing therapy at the end of the 30-90 treatment could result in the inability of correctly coping with the emotions that will be surfacing after, with their having been avoided for a duration of time, whether long or short in length.  Additionally, if outpatient treatment is desired to be maintained, referrals for a local treatment facility can be made for an individual.  It is important to know that detox alone is not enough to ensure success in long-term abstinence and recovery.  Therapy, whether individual or group focused, is a strong positive factor for one’s recovery.

While detoxing from a substance will rid it from the body, the individual also needs to learn how to cope with major issues that he may not be used to while being sober.  Learning to self-motivate, how to be constructive, to develop socialization skills, and to function actively within the community and society, means a foundation needs to be built.  The goal for the recovering addict once the detox has been completed is to maintain his productivity in his daily living.

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