Re: Help with addict coming home
Doing 10 days at a detox facility, no matter how good it is, isn't much time at all to really begin recovery. While detoxing it's hard to attend any groups (or if you do go to groups it's hard to focus), and he probably hasn't even really begun to dive into what's behind his addiction. When he comes home I wouldn't expect too much of a change in him mentally. He'll be sober, which is great, but without doing much work on things there won't be much change aside from not taking pills. I've been in detox before and was also there for about 10 days one time and for me it just served as a safe place to detox. The real work begins once you are sober, and he's only been sober for the 10 days he was there. I'm not saying he's going to relapse or anything, I'm just trying to give you an idea of what to expect.
Is he going to continue counselling there? Some places that have detox programs also have outpatient programs for patients to do once they are discharged. And from what you said about this being a highly recommended facility they should have programs like that. He's going to have to do some pretty intense outpatient work to really start to solidify his recovery. It's great that he's taken the first step - getting sober - but to stay sober he's got to put in a lot of effort. I've known people who have done it on their own without any help but that's really taking the hard road when you don't have to - there are so many options out there that you shouldn't have to do it by yourself.
Oh, and one more thing... you mentioned he's being monitored and having his vitals taken several times a day while detoxing... that is completely normal for someone who is detoxing. From what I know that's the standard regimin for those in detox - I know it was for the places I was at. If his vitals were really bad and putting him danger they would have transferred him to a hospital for better evaluation and monitoring. So don't worry about that when he gets home - if he wasn't stable they wouldn't discharge him.
I hope things go well when he comes home - keep us posted!
Last edited by lizzy76; 06-26-2008 at 10:52 AM.