It is very difficult to imagine that you might not be in control of your own life. In many ways, this is true, but people addicted to chemicals are probably the greatest example of this. In many cases, they are compelled by a need to replenish the drug their body has grown to depend on. So when someone decides that they want to quit, and regain some of that control, that’s fantastic. But how they do it is important too. Detox is already difficult for people addicted to chemical substances, and the temptations at home for these newly resolved people will often prove to be too much.
Detox is one of the most vulnerable states an addict can be in. They’re often in extreme physical and mental discomfort, experiencing withdrawal symptoms that generally, they would try to avoid by taking more of the drug. So it is easy to imagine that, in their home, where they know where to get more drugs, and only volunteers to watch the patient, the attempt to clean themselves of the drug could just fail right then and there.
Dangers of Detoxing at Home
The dangers aren’t just to the progress of the patient, either. If there is a particularly bad withdrawal symptom, like a seizure or hallucinations, one’s home might not be as safe a place to detox as one would think. In a house is furniture, dishes and tableware, windows, mirrors, and all sorts of other things that can pose a danger to someone not in control of themselves. And if there is a third party there to watch the addict, they might not be able to respond appropriately to a medical emergency or a bad withdrawal symptom.
South Florida detox options are fortunately very plentiful, and staffed with well-trained professionals who can help a patient in their worst state. They’ve seen it before, and are trained to respond to whatever might be the problem. In fact, their livelihood counts on being able to do so, so there’s many reasons to trust the professionals in this case.
If you’re in South Florida and you or someone you know needs help with a drug addiction, contact us at (866) 319-6126.
Although there has always been drug use and abuse within Broward County, you are much more likely these days to know someone who has been afflicted with or you have found yourself with an opioid addiction. Considering the national figures, though, it would likely be rarer these days if you are an adult who does not know someone, including yourself, who has an opioid addiction in Broward County. We might understand how bad the problem is and can be, but where did it come from in the first place and why has it corresponded with a huge uptick in heroin abuse and addiction?
Beginning of the Opioid Problem
The opioid crisis in Broward County mirrors that which the country as a whole is going through. Most people now addicted to opioids began using these narcotic drugs because they received a prescription from a legitimate medical practice sometime between the mid 90s and 2000s. The doctors aren’t to blame, though, as they were told that opioids are neither addictive or dangerous – that they should just throw opioids at any patient who experienced any pain, even if it was fairly minor.
And while doctors saw and reported individual cases of addiction take root, the pharmaceutical industry did nothing to dissuade over-prescribing these notoriously addictive medicines. It wasn’t until large numbers of people started dying from opioid medicines like fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and tramadol, among quite a few more that people started to take notice of how dangerous they are. By then, there was a legitimate crisis of addiction that’d spread nationwide.
The Real “Gateway” Drug
When politicians started to take notice of the opioid problem was when they realized how easily they led to heroin use, which has a massively negative stigma attached to it. That came about because heroin and opioid medications have very similar effects, but heroin has become substantially cheaper than its pharmaceutical relatives.
If you’re looking for help entering an opioid or heroin drug treatment program in Broward County, contact us for more information or to schedule a meeting with one of our addiction specialists.
Understanding yourself is a process that can end up taking an entire lifetime to complete. However, for those whose lives are endangered due to chemical dependence, it becomes a priority to get to an understanding with the causes and complications behind the addict. Psychotherapy has long been used to get a better understanding of people, and it is also useful in the treatment of people addicted to drugs.
There is a strong mental connection between an addict and their chemical. While they’ve gotten to a point where they’re seeking help, it is important to remember that whatever kind of life they’ve lived, they’ve at some point turned to drugs. After detox has completed, despite being free of the chemical in their body, they will still have a strong connection to the chemical in their life, and that can’t be purged so easily. It is possible for psychotherapy to touch that connection and make real change.
Root of the Issue
People don’t set out to get addicted to drugs right from the beginning. Maybe it’s for fun, maybe it’s to fit in, maybe it’s to deal with either physical or emotional pain. Each person is different. That’s why psychotherapy is so useful for dealing with the aftermath of addiction. It can help these people identify what went so wrong, ways to deal with temptation, and what to be more conscious of going forward.
Broward County drug rehab options and other options in South Florida are luckily very good, and someone living in this or a closeby county has plenty of rehab and post-rehab healing options. Not only is there plenty of help available for those who need immediate detox care, but there is also great ongoing care, such as psychotherapy, available to those who want to continue their healing.
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