Detox and Residential Treatment for Oxycontin Addiction
Jun 6th, 2010 by Patrick

Should a person seek out detox and residential treatment for oxycontin addiction?  Is this the best path for someone who is hooked on prescription opiates and wants to get help for their addiction?

My opinion is that yes, this is the best course of action for oxycontin addicts who want to get help.  There are several reasons for this.

First of all, detox at home cold turkey from opiates is not fun at all, and your chances of success in doing this are very low.  Most people simply cannot make it through the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, which resemble a bad case of the flu.

Sweet relief.

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How does detox and treatment help with this?  What they do in rehab is to give you medication to help with your withdrawal symptoms.  Different rehabs may use different medicines for this, but most of them will normally use Suboxone and Subutex to help get patients detoxed from opiates.  These medicines do a good job of eliminating withdrawal symptoms for the most part.  You may still experience some slight amount of discomfort, but in the end this is a much better route than trying to detox on your own.

The second reason that inpatient treatment is good for opiate addiction is because of the support that you will get from the groups and the lectures at the residential facility.  It will not do you any good to get clean and sober, only to wander out of treatment and walk right into a relapse.  You have to learn some things about how to actually live clean and that is what they will attempt to teach you in rehab.

They might also expose you to 12 step meetings in a rehab setting.  For many addicts, this becomes the lifeblood of their recovery, and they go on to attend many 12 step meetings that become the cornerstone of their recovery.  Without treatment, they may never be exposed to these meetings or to this self help community.

Some addicts meet a therapist in treatment that goes on to help them for a long term basis.  They might continue to see and work with a counselor that they might really connect with in rehab.  Without attending rehab, they may never get the opportunity to meet with and work with this therapist.

Some addicts end up leaving short term residential treatment and attend a long term rehab facility or live in a halfway house.  This can be a huge factor in their ongoing success in recovery and again, without attending that first drug rehab, they would never have been introduced to a long term facility that eventually saved their life.

So basically, even though simply staying at a short term rehab for 10 days or 28 days might not make a huge impact, it can lead to things that might be the answer to your problem and can help you in the long run.   Short term rehab can be the opportunity that you need to find that next step in your recovery.  If you do not attend then you will not have the opportunity to find a solution.

Many people who attend rehab end up relapsing.  That is a fact.  But the truth is, it is still an excellent opportunity for anyone who really wants to get clean and sober.

It is not so much that rehab is a magic bullet or a sure fix….rather, it is that rehab gives you a chance at life again, if you want it.  Most people do not really want to be clean, even when they attend rehab, most people are still in a state of ambivalence, where they might not fully want to be clean.  A part of them wishes that things were different, but they do not really want to be fully clean and sober yet.

It takes what it takes.  For many people, they have to struggle for a few years before they “get it.”

Dealing with Marijuana Addiction and How People Justify It
Jun 6th, 2010 by Patrick

What is the best way in dealing with marijuana addiction?  How do people justify this addiction and what is the best way to overcome that justification?

The problem with marijuana is that it is a sneaky addiction that does not have a lot of in-your-face consequences.  For example, take heroin addiction.  There, you have people contracting diseases due to needle sharing, or they are overdosing and dying right on the spot, and so on.  Same goes for alcoholism.  People wreck cars, destroy marriages, and so on.  The consequences for these other “harder” drugs are more severe.

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Marijuana does not have severe consequences that smack you in the face, but it still has real consequences.  This is what many marijuana addicts fail to realize.  They are comparing the drug to other, harder drugs and saying “see, it is OK to smoke pot, because it is not so destructive at all.”

Now this is not to say that marijuana does not have medicinal properties, because obviously it does.  This is not to say pot is not a useful drug, because obviously it is.  And this is not to say that marijuana should be illegal, because obviously, marijuana SHOULD be legal.  All I am saying here is that marijuana can still be addictive for some people, and it can still cause some problems.

Let’s say you have a medical marijuana card and you smoke the stuff legally and that you also have a totally free and unlimited supply of the stuff.  What problems could possibly arise from this situation, you might wonder?  Well, you could:

* Smoke every day and not pursue other goals in your life.

* Slowly drift away from normal activities that you once enjoyed, such as exercise, sports, and so on…..because you are always getting stoned.

* Lose touch with important relationships in your life, because you are always self medicating your emotions (even if you do not mean to, but it happens anyway because you smoke every single day).  So you stop maturing emotionally and you no longer experience growth in your relationships.

* Isolate yourself because you only prefer to associate with others who get high.

* Stop eating healthy, stop exercising, stop learning new things because you are too busy getting high all the time.

And so on.  The consequences are definitely there, they are just more subtle than with other drugs.

So realize this and do not use it as justification for why you should keep getting high all the time.  If you are addicted to the drug then it is holding you back, and your life could be much richer, fuller, and more satisfying if you were not smoking weed every single day.

One way to really get some clarity is in doing a 90 day trial.  Take 90 days off from marijuana completely, and see what happens in your life.  Just leave the drug totally alone for 3 months and measure your response to this.  Do you resent not smoking it?  If so, then that is a red flag.

If you take 3 months away from the drug then you should see some positive changes.  It is just a matter of whether or not you acknowledge those changes and realize that being clean and sober has helped you or not.

Some people are not addicted to weed and so quitting will not necessarily benefit them.  But if you get honest with yourself and see any of those negative consequences due to your using, then you might try quitting for a while.  The key is to be completely honest with yourself about it and how marijuana is really affecting your life and your relationships.

Overcoming Behavioral Addictions in Recovery
Jun 6th, 2010 by Patrick

What is the key to overcoming behavioral addictions in recovery?  How can people develop a better life in which they are living healthy, which engaging in destructive behavioral addiction?

Perhaps the best way to avoid destructive behaviors is to first identify them and then develop a long term plan of recovery.  Obviously the first step is always going to be in raising awareness.  If you are not aware of a behavior pattern that you want to change then you are powerless to change it.  Likewise, if you do not recognize it when the behavior arises in your daily life, then you are also powerless to do anything about it.

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So the first step is always going to be in raising your awareness of these behaviors.  And the only way to do that is to talk about them, think about them, write about them, and bring them to the forefront of your consciousness so that you can catch them when they are happening.

If you cannot even do this much then you need to take a step back and get some professional help.  I would suggest counseling or therapy so that another person can help you to learn how to recognize your behaviors when they occur.  You have to develop this awareness or you cannot make corrective changes.

Once you have learned how to identify your behavior addictions, then you need to start actively trying to change them.  I would suggest that you try to develop a zero tolerance policy for yourself if possible.  So for example, if your behavioral problem is gambling, then I would suggest: no gambling.  None whatsoever.  Now this becomes a problem when your addiction to something is a necessity in life, such as food addiction.  Then you need to become hyper aware of when you are eating for pleasure, and when you are eating to actually feed your body.  You can still have a zero tolerance policy with this, you just need to get honest with yourself so that you do not cheat and try to fool yourself at the same time.

Ultimately these behavioral problems stem from problems within your life that go beyond addiction.  You need to embrace recovery fully in order to get your life fixed in such a way that your behavior no longer is a seductive threat to you.  You can achieve this sort of life in recovery through hard work and holistic growth.

Basically, you need to embrace the idea of holistic, personal growth.  This means that you need to work on improving your life in every way as you grow in recovery.  You may work on physical fitness, for example, and feel better about yourself for doing daily exercise.  Or you may work on emotional balance, and feel better because your emotions are smooth and on an even keel throughout the day.  You may work on your relationships in your life, and feel better as you eliminate negative and toxic people from your life, and strengthen the bonds with those who are a positive influence.  And you may work on your spirituality, and strengthen your relationship with a higher power.  And so on.

This holistic approach is particularly powerful because it addresses every area that an addiction negatively affected.  Whatever damage your behavior was doing to your life can be restored with this sort of holistic approach.  And you can feel confident in your recovery that you are living a positive life now, because you will constantly be seeking new growth experiences.  This is actually the best form of relapse prevention, because you will not be tempted to go back to your old ways if your life is exciting, happy, and challenging with new growth experiences.

Can a Person Be Addicted to Work? Overcoming Work Addiction
Jun 6th, 2010 by Patrick

Many people have asked me if a person can become addicted to work, and if so, is there a good way to overcome work addiction.  My answer to that is that yes, people can definitely become addicted to work, and yes, there are ways to overcome this addiction and live a healthier life.There are several reasons that people become work addicts.  One is that they are escaping from something in their lives.   Maybe they have a bad relationship at home, or they might be addicted to spending.  Sometimes spending addiction can fuel a work addiction.  This can also be the case with compulsive buyers and compulsive shoppers.  They may need to work a lot more hours in order to support their spending habits.  Whatever the reason, being addicted to work is not healthy and should be corrected if possible.


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So what are the steps to overcome this type of addiction?  Well you might start with a two pronged approach:

1) Identify the reason for the work addiction, and address that reason directly.

2) Strive for balance in your life and schedule mandatory leisure time.

These two things, when combined, can be very effective at restoring balance to your life and making you happier in the long run.

For example, say that you are a compulsive buyer or shopper.  This needs to be addressed immediately in order to stop the constant flow of money out of your life.  The compulsive shopper believes that they can buy lasting happiness with every new purchase that they make.  However, this rush of happiness that they get only lasts for a day or two, maybe a week at the most.  Then they have to buy something else.  They just move from one shiny object to the next, always thinking that the next purchase will be the thing that brings them lasting happiness forever.  Obviously this is no way to live, and they need to get a grip on their reckless spending before it totally consumes them.

You can do this in a number of ways, cutting up your credit cards, not going to the mall, not going into certain stores, and so on.  Basically you have to have a budget and stick to it.  No frivolous spending for at least 30 days.  You will find that the first few days will be miserable, but as you go along, you will find that you are just as happy as you were when you were spending every day.

So anyway, once you have the root cause of your work addiction under control, now you must restore balance to your life.  You can do this by forcing yourself to take leisure time.  Schedule the time just as if you were making out your work schedule.  Force yourself to do it.  At first, this may seem uncomfortable, but if you persist in taking some leisure time in your life, then you will get used to the balance eventually and be a happier person for it.

Another good thing to do is to work in a daily exercise routine.  This is a health benefit that goes beyond just getting into shape, and will help to bring balance to your life as well.  If you have exercise, leisure time, and work in your life, then you are already on your way to being very well rounded.  Add in friends and relationships and you have a very full life that now has a very smooth balance to it.

When you focus on just your work then you push all of these other aspects out of your life.  The key to restoring balance is to slowly bring them all back into your life, and consistently practice them on a regular basis.

Beating Food and Sugar Addictions
Jun 6th, 2010 by Patrick

What is the key to beating food and sugar addictions?  How can a person limit themselves in ways that do not make them feel as if they are depriving themselves all the time?

It can be so hard to overcome an addiction because of this feeling that we are depriving ourselves.  It can be really frustrating to live when every day you are miserable because you are denying yourself the things that you really want.  How can a food addict or a sugar addict overcome this state of mind and find real recovery?

Well in the case of healthy eating there are a few suggestions that I have.  One is already a popular philosophy out there and that is to treat refined sugar like it is a drug that you must abstain from entirely.  This means that you would recoil from a piece of cake in the same that a heroin addict would recoil from a syringe that is loaded up with his favorite drug.


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So if you do this, then you deprive yourself of all refined sugars, and almost completely eliminate most carbs from your diet.  At first this will be depressing for most sugar addicts.  But if you stick with it and don’t cheat at all, then eventually your body will readjust and realize that you are not going to feed it the sugar that you crave.  You will stop craving sugar at that point as your body readjusts to your new diet.

Some people have found good success with this approach of treating sugar like a drug, while others cannot make it work for themselves.  Luckily, there are many different approaches to find a healthy diet and achieve your weight loss goals.

Another approach is to find some sort of diet and stick to it, such as those set up by weight watchers and such programs.  If you follow these types of programs down to a tee and do not cheat at all, you will get good results.  Of course, doing so is incredibly difficult, and most people will complain that they do not get big enough portions, or that they remain hungry all day, and so on.

I think there is something to be said for starting in a whole other direction, however, and using exercise as a means of redesigning your lifestyle.  How does this work?  Basically, you have to commit to daily exercise, and put it as a priority above everything else in your life.  Then, you have to push yourself to increase the intensity of that exercise over time.  If you do these two things, your life, your situation, and your addiction to sugar will get better.

Howe does this work?  Let’s say you start by walking.  Go outside and walk for 10 minutes away from your home.  Turn around and walk back.  Do this every single day, and keep increasing it, very slowly, over time.  I would say keep going until you can easily walk for an hour.  Then increase the pace.  Keep increasing until you are at a fast walk, anything faster and you would be jogging.  You can stop here and never run or jog and still experience life-changing results.  But if you are in good health then you might move on to running or jogging eventually as well.

If you do this then you will train your body to eat healthier foods.  How?  Because when you eat junk and then try to exercise, it will feel terrible, and you will start to alter your diet to give you better fuel.  This will happen naturally as you continue to exercise and work out more.

Just another approach to a very tough addiction.  Good luck.

Overcoming an Addiction to Pain through Getting Help
Jun 6th, 2010 by Patrick

How can you overcome an addiction to pain and get help for your problem?  What is a pain addiction anyway?

Many people who have troubled lives or troubled emotional states will engage in different acts of self mutilation or bring self inflicted wounds upon themselves.  They might do this for a few different reasons at first, but the reason that it becomes addictive is because it is like a drug.

Many people who do this eventually end up cutting themselves because it is a rush to see the blood flow out of their bodies.  This is a rush in two ways for some pain addicts: one, they have become conditioned to get emotionally high from seeing the sight of the blood, but two, they become excited by seeing the blood because it is symbolic of suicide.  Most people in this position have thoughts of suicide and cutting is a way to sort of edge up against that and play with the idea.

Deep Thoughts - טרוד ממחשבות

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First, understand that anyone who is doing things like this is in real danger and they need to get professional help.  Cutters who have just been toying with the idea of suicide have accidentally slipped over the edge in some cases.  This is tragic and not necessary if they would seek help for their cutting addiction.

If the threat is immediate to themselves then the best place for them is a psychiatric hospital.  Many people think there is a huge stigma attached to such places but this is an old way of thinking and is not necessary anymore.  Many people experience mental problems and issues and it is a great sign of strength to actually face these problems and seek help for them.  Going to a psychiatric ward is a very powerful choice, so don’t feel bad or stigmatized because you are checking into a psych ward.  That is an old and outdated way of thinking.

So how will you get help in the long run, and avoid self harm in the future?  This is based on creating a new life for yourself and recovering from these bad behaviors.  You need to replace the negativity in your life with positive things.  You need to create goals and passion in your life that is worth building towards.  You need to create enough positive experiences in your life that they can overcome your desire to get that rush through self inflicted pain.

This can take time and a lot of work.  Do not expect for everything to change overnight.  If it all get better overnight, then that would not be worth much, because then it could get so much worse in just a quick amount of time.  No, this is a long, slow process of recovery.  Expect it to be long and challenging.

You can get help in many ways.  Counseling and seeing a therapist is probably one of the best things you can do for yourself on a regular basis.  If you have one but do not trust them or really click with them, then you should find a new one.

Group support may be helpful as well, for some people.  If you have been to a psychiatric facility then they probably have follow up groups, support groups, or meetings schedules that allow you to interact with other people who are on the same journey that you are on.  This can be extremely helpful in getting ongoing support for your condition.

It may be dark in the early days of your recovery.  It might seem like it is not worth it to go on living like this, with no way to medicate anymore.  It does get better eventually.  Stick it out, and some day you will love your life again.

Helping a Marijuana Addict Get the Treatment They Need
Jun 6th, 2010 by Patrick

What is the best way for helping a marijuana addict get the treatment that they need?  I had a comment the other day and the person was very angry and defensive about smoking marijuana, and they stated that my advice about addiction was useless and “obsolete” because the world is in the process of legalizing marijuana.  It is becoming more and more legal as time goes on in more and more places, and eventually it will probably be at least as legal as alcohol is.

What this person fails to realize is that the legality of marijuana has almost no bearing on the addictive properties of the drug.  Just because the government makes a substance legal does not mean that this particular substance is not addictive or cannot harm you in any way.  Cigarettes are legal, and they are much more addictive than marijuana is.  Alcohol is legal, and it is more addictive than marijuana (by most measures I have seen).

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But none of this matters.  Marijuana can be addictive and some people do get hooked on it and suffer real consequences in their lives.  Are these consequences as profound as someone who is shooting heroin every day?  No.  Are these consequences as bad as someone who is drinking a fifth of whiskey every night?  No.  But there are still consequences to marijuana addiction, period.  People try to compare marijuana to other drugs and rationalize that it is not nearly as bad.  They are right, marijuana addiction is not nearly as bad as most other addictions.  However, it is still an addiction!  And, there can still be negative consequences, even if the drug is perfectly legal.

So the first step in many cases might be to convince an addict of marijuana that they are actually experiencing negative consequences in their life.  What is the most common way that this happens?  Many smokers of pot will tend to be lazy and not actually pursue anything meaningful in their lives.  This happens slowly over time in a very subtle but real way.  For example, things that people used to do before their addiction will slowly fall by the wayside as they do them less and less, such as hiking or exercise or sports.  If someone does not really realize that they have given up these things in favor of sitting around and getting stoned all day, then they are less likely to see incentive to change their life.

Ask the person to set the legality of it aside.  They probably have a card and can smoke it legally, or maybe they will soon be in that position anyway.  The legality does not matter.  If they are wasting their life away because all they do is get high, then something needs to change.

Marijuana is a crutch.  Most people do consider it to be a real hard core drug, because it has so few consequences.  But consider this: getting stoned medicates your emotions and your mood in a profound way.  You can be having a terrible day, and be really upset about something in your life, and you can get completely stoned in 3 minutes flat, and everything changes.  Your upset emotional state is a distant memory now.  And this happens even faster than with alcohol, you can become stoned literally in less than 3 minutes.  This is a powerful escape and anyone who uses this on a daily basis is medicating their negative emotions.  If they are bored, they get high.  If they are frustrated, they get high.  If they are angry with others, they get high.  Because they are always getting high anyway, all of their negative emotions get medicated away.  This creates a very unhealthy pattern of living.

Managing Your Soda Addiction to a Reasonable Level
Jun 6th, 2010 by Patrick

How can you manage your soda addiction and get it down to a reasonable level?

I propose at least two ways, and both of them have worked for me.  Now that might sound funny, because why would you need a second strategy for quitting soda if the first strategy worked well?

The reason for that is because I treat pop and soda as a “soft” addiction.  Sorry, but it is just not as serious to me as smoking crack cocaine and drinking half gallons of vodka (see my other addiction for more details on that).

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So I tend to experiment a bit with pop, and with caffeine.  Caffeine is sort of a wild card with this type of addiction, because some people are certainly addicted to the caffeine in the soda, more than to the soda itself.  They can quit the soda easily as long as they continue to take caffeine in some form, such as through coffee or caffeine pills.

So one thing you have to think about is: what do you really want to do here, quit soda entirely, or just cut down on it?

The second thing you need to consider is: should you eliminate the caffeine as well, or is that not really an issue here?  Maybe you can keep drinking coffee, have no problems associated with caffeine addiction, but still want to quit drinking soda for other reasons.

There are at least a few major reasons that anyone might want to overcome an addiction to soda.  They include:

1) Too much soda, too many calories, too much weight gain.

2) Too much soda, too much caffeine, and an addiction to caffeine that is causing problems of its own.

3) Too much diet soda, and too much artificial sweeteners, which can cause certain problems as well.

4) Too much soda leading to too much money spent on the stuff, period.  Water is free for most people.

5) Too much soda (non diet) and this negatively affects the teeth.  So the dentist urges you to quit, etc.

So you can see that various people might want to quit drinking soda for various reasons.

Here is how I have dealt with this, in two different ways:

1) I quit caffeine, twice, by simply weening myself down from it over a 3 day period.  You do get a slight headache but it is not bad and anyone can get through it without much fuss.  If you are quitting caffeine I would recommend that you eat a piece of fruit in the morning for breakfast.  This will give you a surprisingly good little boost of energy that does not have a crash.

2) I quit drinking “real” soda (non diet) in order to save my teeth.  If you hate the taste of diet then you can do one of 2 things: find an alternative (such as tea, juice, etc.) or force yourself to drink until you like it.  Anyone can do the second option even though they think that they cannot.  Anyone can acquire a taste for diet pop, no matter how badly they think that they hate it.

Now if you want to cut down on your soda intake, I would recommend that you start with the first soda of the day, and replace that.  You can either have water, juice, tea, or some other beverage, but not soda.  Force yourself to do this until it becomes a habit.  Then, later on, if you want to further improve your habits, you might switch out the second soda of the day.  Thus, you can gain confidence in your new healthy approach by gradually changing over time.

The History Of Addiction
Jun 6th, 2010 by Patrick

The history of addiction goes back thousands of years. My name is Betty Stewart and this is my story. The addiction that runs in my family is alcoholism. My mom and my Grandmother are alcoholics. I remember my mom telling me stories about how she was treated by my grandmother when she was younger. Things like getting cursed out for asking for food, because she was hungry but my grandmother would rather spend the money on alcohol. Things like being left alone in the house at night at an really young age so her mother could go out and drink at night. Things like not waking up in the morning to get her to school so so she missed a lot of school because of this. Mom mother was hit by my grandmother when she was extremely drunk for no reason at all.

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My grandmother would tell my mother that she was just like her and would never amount to any thing in life, because she was ugly and stupid. This abuse got worse when my grandmother marred another alcoholic and a crack user, when my mom was 9 years old. He quickly started mistreating my mom. My grandmother pretty much let him do what ever he wanted to as long as she had her alcohol because at this time she was not working. One night my mom said that she was woke up from a hand touching her leg and it was her step dad. He was clearly drunk was mumbling words like ” If you tell I will kill you”. My mom said she was scared so she was quiet and he began abusing her and did so for 5 years. 

At age 14 my moms life had not got any better my grandmother was worse drinking almost a gallon of vodka a day and at least one bottle of wine. My grandmother had alcohol poisoning at least 6 times in the last 3 years. My mom was sick if the abuse from her step dad also and he was fed up. So that is when my mom started to drink at first she would just drink socially with friends and stuff to get away form her hell of a house. Then it got to the point where she needed a drink every day. She said being drunk erased the pain. At the age of 16 my mom left home and lived with an older friend who had their own apartment. My mom never went back to my grandmother’s. My moms friend drank but she also used heroin so my mom soon was an alcoholic and a heroin addict. My mom became a dancer to support her habits. By the time my mom was 19 she has been arrested 6 times and had done 2 years in jail. But she kept relapsing on the drugs and alcohol. When my mom was 20 she got pregnant with me. She said that that when she wanted to get clean because she did not want me to go through the same things she did in her childhood but that was not the case.

So yes my mother stayed an alcoholic and is still one to this very day. I however was put up for adoption by my birth mother she says so i would not go through what she went through. I had a pretty good life growing up. So when I turned 18 and felt I was ready I found my birth mom and she told me the story on her life and her history and why she had to make such a hard decision. Millions of family’s are affected by addictions every day. Some never get help and some recover. Either way it is a struggle and I’m glad my Birth mother decided to give me up then put me through what she goes through but I’m also happy that I can educate my children on addiction and its dangers by knowing first hand.

Find Help and Get Oxycontin Addiction Treatment Before it is Too Late
Jun 6th, 2010 by Patrick

Where can you find help and get Oxycontin addiction treatment for a struggling drug addict?  Is it possible to just quit on your own, cold turkey, or will you need help in order to get off of this medication once you are addicted to it?

Most people who get hooked on opiates such as Oxycontin or Vicodin need help in order to break from them.  This is because the pain and discomfort level during withdrawal from these medications can be quite high.  In fact, it is probably the worst withdrawal that you can have–the only worse you can get in terms of how you feel would be opiate medications that have an even longer half life, such as Methadone.

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So given that opiate withdrawal is so incredibly miserable, most addicts who are actually dependent on drugs such as Oxycontin are not going to be able to stop without some sort of help.

Where can they get help?

My number one recommendation is to get help from a drug rehab facility.  They are not a magic cure and there is no sure fire way to stay clean no matter what, but you still can not get a better start to your recovery, in most cases.  For example, some people just start attending NA meetings and they never get any professional help at all.  This can be a mistake in many cases, though it could still work for some (and surely it does).  But when you attend a drug rehab you give yourself a couple of huge advantages over someone who does not:

1) You get clean in a safe environment where it is tightly controlled, so there is no temptation to use drugs or alcohol, and you do not have to worry about being exposed to your drug of choice while you are there.

2) You get medical supervision that will help keep you more comfortable during the Oxycontin detox process.  This is huge.  Most facilities use a synthetic opiate called Suboxone that helps to relieve the withdrawal symptoms, and this medicine actually works without getting you high.  Those who have been through cold turkey withdrawal usually refer to Suboxone as a “miracle drug” because it helps so much in how they feel during detox.

3) You get support from peers who are also trying to quit using drugs and overcome addiction.  Again, this is potentially huge.  Going it alone on the outside will be really tough if you do not have any accountability or support systems to help you along.

4) Professional therapists and counselors can help you in ways that simple group therapy or 12 step meetings might miss.  For example, they may help steer you to solutions for mental illness that may be complicating your chances for recovery.

Now most people get put off at the first suggestion of rehab, probably because they assume that it is too expensive.  Anyone who does not have insurance may just be assuming that they cannot get professional help for their addiction.  This is a mistake because in most cases, people who are not insured can usually qualify for some sort of funding.  This will vary depending on where you live and what your exact situation is, so your best course of action is to get on the phone and call up a few treatment centers.

This may be a process.  Call one up and ask questions and get whatever information you can.  Ask for how you might get funded and ask if they know of any agencies who might fund you for rehab.  You may have to call a bunch of different people but if you are persistent then you can probably get the help that you need.  Good luck.

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