All residential drug treatment centers are open and staffed 24 hours a day, but not all types of drug rehab centers are open all the time. Outpatient drug treatment and outpatient detox centers typically offer extended hours to accommodate the needs of their clients, but they are not open for service 24 hours a day. Some of these facilities offer 24-hour phone coverage for inquiries and emergencies, but they are not physically open all night and day.
Inpatient, or residential, drug rehab is generally for those clients who have severe addiction issues not suitable for outpatient treatment. If you have tried, and failed, many times to quit your drug of choice, or if your addiction has existed for a time period measured in years, then inpatient treatment is probably the best choice for you. If you’re addicted to alcohol, benzodiazepines, or barbiturates, you are probably safer in a medically supervised inpatient setting.
However, some people with low-level addictions still choose to enter residential treatment. They may seek the constant support and camaraderie of other addicts. Perhaps they are looking for focus and clarity. There’s really no wrong or right choice. Not everyone has the time or the financial ability to attend a residential program, either.
If you’re addicted, you should seek whatever professional help you can. Your addiction is almost certain to progress if you do not.
Outpatient treatment and detox offer a much less expensive alternative to inpatient drug treatment. You won’t have the constant support that an inpatient setting would provide, so this means that you must be extremely motivated to address your addiction.
Outpatient rehab will involve group counseling and also individual counseling. You will attend classes with other addicts to learn about the harm drugs do and why you should stop. They will offer tools to help you prevent a relapse into your old patterns of thinking and drug use. Some facilities utilize the 12-step program. Others do not. You must take your recovery seriously. It must become a paramount priority in your life.
Can You Stop on Your Own?
If you cannot afford even outpatient treatment, let alone inpatient treatment, what do you do? Most communities do have not-for-profit drug treatment centers that offer sliding-scale fees. Some of them may even be free. They will likely have waiting lists, but it might be an option if you simply don’t have any funds for drug treatment. Try contacting your county’s health department. You can also look online.
But what if you can’t be absent from work because you need the income to survive? Can you stop on your own? Maybe. People have certainly done it, but know that they aren’t the norm. Usually, someone with a severe addiction who has managed to quit alone has only managed it after many, many years of struggle to do so. Much damage to their bodies and lives has already been done. It’s admirable that they eventually stopped, but it would have been much better if they had attended treatment early on.
What You Are Facing
You can try to quit your drug of choice on your own, but know that the odds are against you. The habit has become ingrained in your life. You use it to cope, to feel happy, and to survive each day. Your brain chemistry has become deranged. Your body doesn’t function normally. If you stop certain drugs suddenly, such as opioids, you will face a withdrawal syndrome that is painful, protracted and most, most unpleasant. Can you stand it? Many people cannot and resume their drug use just to get relief.
Other drugs, such as alcohol, tranquilizers and barbiturates carry a high seizure risk if stopped suddenly. It’s not safe for an addicted person to attempt to quit these drugs on their own.
The Dry Addict
A dry addict is a person who manages to abstain from their drug of choice for long periods of time. However, because the underlying causes of addiction were never treated, they are still at a high relative risk of relapse, even if it’s been years since their last dose.
If you’re addicted, talk to your family and friends. Ask for their help. Maybe there’s a way. Talk to your doctor. Even if you don’t have the insurance or money for treatment, or you think you can’t leave your job, try to find a way. Don’t just give up. Try to get whatever treatment you can. Anything is better than no treatment at all.
You can also call us 24 hours a day at 833-762-3739. We are trained professionals and we can help. Your call is confidential. We look forward to speaking with you.