Day: December 11, 2018
How Much Does Rehab Cost?
How much does rehab cost?
Too much. I’m not saying that rehab is too costly based on
a monetary value alone (even though many unscrupulous rehab chains gouge both
health insurance carriers and families). It’s too costly because rehabs teach addiction
mythology that actually does more harm than good. It is not happenstance that we
currently have more rehabs across the nation, while also having the highest overdose
rates in our nation’s history. Also, the rate of overall use has remained stable, with no
reduction in any drug use classification. The point being that we as a nation spend 36
billion dollars per year on rehab and the problem is worse than ever. Doesn’t that cause
one to pause and ask why?
Well, it did with me. I began researching the effectiveness of rehabs across the nation
and internationally as well, and found that the disease of addiction myth along with the
loss of control myths, and the powers of drugs mythology being taught in rehabs
everywhere was creating the high death rates, and the current crisis we see in the
streets of America. While there are other causes for these sad and needless
ramifications, teaching people they are powerless and hopeless, and keeping the theory
alive that a rehab facility must, “break you down to build you back up”, are some of the
main culprits behind the unfortunate results we see today.
Rehab costs need to be tallied in the damage it causes and in the money they extract
from vulnerable families. It is expensive monetarily, and the disease theory, the family
disease theory, and all the other myths they are peddling simply muddies the waters on
the facts. The fact is, people can and do get over their problems with drugs and alcohol,
and they do so in great numbers outside the treatment industry. The question is how?
And this is covered in masterful detail throughout The Freedom Model for Addictions.
People can be free and move past the trappings of rehab and recovery! It’s time to
make these facts known.
How to Avoid Relapse
People often ask what they should do to avoid relapse. In treatment those struggling with addiction are
taught that relapse is an expected part of recovery. This may be why addiction treatment programs have
relapse rates as high as 90% within the first year following treatment. Additionally, rates of overdose are
highest within the first 30 days of leaving a treatment program. Based on this, it would seem you can
avoid relapse by not going into treatment in the first place. Taking on a belief that you have a lifelong
disease that renders you powerless over substances, and that you must avoid anything that may “trigger
relapse” seems to be a direct path to return to heavy substance. The only way to avoid “relapsing” or
returning to heavy substance use is to change your preference for heavy use. In other words the key to
not using substances or using less is to come to believe you can be happier making a change than you
can be continuing to use or drink heavily. You don’t need treatment to do this, you just need to
reevaluate your reasons for your heavy use. What do you still like about it? People don’t do things they
see no value in doing. If you are abstinent and you feel as if you’re missing out because you can’t get
high, you are much more likely to go back to using. But if you are abstinent because you no longer see
value in using, or you believe you are happier not using, then you will stay abstinent. This is how all
people struggling with addiction make a lasting change in their substance use habits whether they go to
treatment or not. And you can stop thinking of a return to heavy substance use as a “relapse”, it’s not.
There is no addiction disease and no one is ever powerless. All people always have complete control
over what they put in their bodies. It’s just a matter of figuring out how much you actually like it, what
benefits you think you’re getting from it and if you can be happier without it or with less of it.
How to Detox from Drugs
How to Detox from Drugs
When you ingest alcohol or certain other drugs daily over a period of time your body can become
acclimated to having the substance you’re ingesting in your system. If you completely stop ingesting the
drug you may experience withdrawal symptoms. This is called a detoxification process. It happens
simply by discontinuing use of the substance. Certain substances such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, and
opiates can cause moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms. In severe cases, withdrawal from alcohol
and benzos can be life threatening so it is recommended that if you’ve been using these substances
heavily and continuously you should seek medical help before discontinuing use. In the case of heavy,
daily opiate use, withdrawal symptoms can range from mild intestinal distress to severe flu like
symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches and chills. Withdrawal symptoms for opiates
can last an average of 3 – 7 days. While most people get through these symptoms on their own without
serious issue, some people prefer to seek medical attention and go to a detox facility or do outpatient
detox with a physician. Outpatient detox consists of being prescribed medication to minimize or
alleviate symptoms of withdrawal. With all drugs including alcohol you can also minimize withdrawal
symptoms by tapering usage, which means using less and less each day over a period of days or weeks.
However, a physician should be consulted before you begin the taper if you are experiencing any
withdrawal symptoms with these specific drugs. Heavy, continuous usage of other classes of drugs such
as amphetamines, marijuana and psychedelics typically don’t typically lead to withdrawal symptoms
when usage is stopped abruptly. In some cases mild symptoms have been reported such as fatigue when
stopping amphetamine use, or insomnia when stopping use of marijuana.
The Types of Addiction Treatment
The Types of Addiction Treatment
When people think of addiction treatment they typically think of a 28-day inpatient rehab facility, but
there are a few different types of addiction treatment. The first stop for people struggling with alcohol,
benzodiazepines or opiates is usually detox. Some drugs including alcohol can build in your body with
heavy continuous use. When this happens, abruptly stopping use can cause withdrawal symptoms which
in some cases can be severe and even life threatening. This is true specifically for alcohol and benzos,
such as Xanax, Valium, Klonopin and Ativan. Detox from substances can take 3 – 14 days depending on a
few factors such as the substance(s) used, the amount of the substance(s) used and the length of time
using the substance(s). It is usually provided in a hospital-type setting as it is a medical process, but most
opiate detox is provided in outpatient settings.
After detox there are a few different options for addiction treatment from the traditional 28-day
inpatient rehab, which can include 1 – 2 weeks of detox. Then there are also 3, 6, 9, and 12 month long
term treatment programs and sober living homes. If inpatient rehab is not indicated many people enter
intensive outpatient treatment programs. This kind of treatment does not provide housing but instead
has people stay at home and attend treatment during the daytime. All of these various addiction
treatment options are largely based on the 12-step, disease based model which teaches people they are
powerless and suffering from a progressive, incurable disease. Treatment primarily consists of group
therapy, support group meetings and some individual counseling.
There is an emerging market of alternatives to addiction treatment that help people to overcome
addiction. They are research based educational approaches that teach the truth about addiction, and
show people why they feel powerless even when they are not actually powerless. These programs help
people to become self-aware of their likes and dislikes, their motivations and reasons for their substance
use . These kinds of self-empowering programs have demonstrated higher success rates than disease