Drug Detox (and then Rehab) Gave Me Another Chance At Life

For the last 3 years, my boyfriend and I have been battling opiate and heroin addiction.  Looking back on it now I guess drugs were the glue that held our traumatic relationship together.  We tried several times to quit by going to a local detox center a couple of times (the same detox center every time).  Our local drug detox center didn’t have a rehab treatment facility associated with it.  The local drug detox facility only seemed interested in detoxing us and then sending us on our way until the next time we needed detox.  

Our lives consisted of doing whatever both of us could to get money for drugs at this time. We kept becoming more and more addicted and enslaved to the drugs as we relapsed after each stint at detox.  I remember one very scary weekend when we both couldn’t get any dope and decided why don’t we just detox ourselves this time and save ourselves the trip to the detox center.  We were lucky that we survived the ordeal!  We both felt the most physically sick and death like illness come over us.  My boyfriend was even worse off than me he was really shaking and sweating uncontrollably.  One of our druggie friends came to visit us and found us on the floor of our apartment and quickly gave us both a fix and ended our stupid failed home drug detox experiment.

After that we were soon shooting up 5 to 6 times a day, and existing as drug dazed hermits in our apartment, emerging just enough to feed our addiction.  After we both lost our jobs (first my boyfriend and then me) my parents started giving us some ‘living’ funds, which only made us regress us further into our addiction. 

At some point my parents realized they were only enabling us and finally gave me the ultimatum of getting help or totally cutting me off from funding and out of their lives forever.  I remember hating them for it and thought it was the cruelest thing anyone ever did to me.  Looking back on it now I realize it was the best thing my parents ever did for me.  I told my boyfriend that my parents said I had to go to a detox place that also was a rehab facility too this time for my detox and it was going to be out of state.  My boyfriend said he had no interest in going to rehab anywhere, but he would be waiting for me when I returned home from rehab.

My parents contacted your site and sent me to the drug detox (and rehab) place that you recommended for me.  I was scared to death of the miserable feeling to come just before my opiate detox but found that going to a professional medical detox was not nearly as painful as any of my previous detox attempts. I also think that the staff’s professional dedication to doing everything they could for me helped a lot too. The staff was so caring and so different from the local detox center I had went to before.

After I finished drug detox they told me when I started the rehab phase that the hardest part of the recovery process was already behind me. That really made me feel like I had overcome a huge physical and mental obstacle and now I could get started on the real path to my recovery. Then after I successfully completed my rehab I returned home to find out found from one of my friends that my boyfriend was in jail for trying to hold up the local convenience store for drug money.  I took it as a sign that I needed a clean break and a fresh start from my boyfriend too. I was a different person now after rehab and he was the same person (actually much worse, now a criminal too) who was still addicted to drugs.

I have been sober for 90 days now and feel better than I did during my lost years of my life addicted to opiates and heroin.  Tomorrow is another day and the sun will rise, and I am learning to greet each sober one with more confidence and strength than the yesterday. 

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Detox should never be attempted in your home or without medical supervision at a licensed detox treatment facility. For your safety we do not recommend any rapid or ultra rapid detox centers.

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