How do you know when your drug use is out of control? Many individuals die after a single try of LSD or heroin because their bodies were not able to handle the stress a chemical put their hearts under. For example, an overdose of heroin can lead to the slowing of the heart and breathing until it’s too late. Lots of consumers have been taking drugs for years and, somehow, they survive even though they are jobless, homeless, alone, and directionless. They survive, but do not live in any full sense of the word.
As for addiction, therapists in Missouri know when someone is an addict even if she does not. Their questions are simple ones you can ask yourself:
Do you think about drugs all the time?
Do you still have good relationships with real friends?
Has your social circle changed considerably to exclude non-drug users and include only substance abusing cohorts?
Do you spend more than you can afford to purchase drugs?
What about symptoms: do you experience tremors, confusion, or loss of memory?
Is your diet okay, or have you lost your appetite?
Call the experts at a drug rehabilitation center. The person at the other end will doubtless have more questions besides the ones you have answered for yourself. When you hear that your instincts were correct and you should be in rehab, the next step is to enroll in a program.
Select one which is close to your home in Kansas City, St. Louis, or some other Missouri town if you want to keep costs low or take advantage of government-run community services. The costs related to outpatient rehab are much lower than those a clinic has to charge for residential rehab. Insurance or payment reductions could ease the monetary burden too.
If money is no object and you can take several weeks away from home and work, enroll in residential therapy. Clients at these centers make a total break from everything in their lives they associate with addiction. Results following residential rehab are typically higher than they are following outpatient therapy, but that all depends on where you go for help.
Read the list of services and look for “co-occurring disorders” or “dual-diagnosis.” These are terms referring to joint mental health and substance abuse therapy. Few addicts were mentally healthy before they started using drugs.