I think treatment centers are the best thing going for problem drinkers, and for those alcoholics and addicts who are desperate to be detoxed. I think treatment centers actually do a pretty good job at detoxing, and educating.
So here are a few of the problems as I see it.
- Being alcohol free sounds like a great idea...until you are.
- No matter what a heroin addict says, being heroin free is never a place they want to be.
- Being pain pill free seems like the way to go until the pain comes back.
- Seeing the family visit and be "all happy" because you are clean and sober..."feels like" you have to be miserably clean in order for them to be happy. Being responsible for the families happiness starts feeling like an anchor very quickly.
- Alcoholics and addicts in treatment get a clear understanding that no one wants them around unless they are rigidly sober, going to meetings, going to aftercare, taking drug tests, going to halfway houses etc. When a newly detoxed person weighs all of that against getting high it seems way too huge to tackle. This is way too much direction for a newbie unless they are desperate to be clean and sober.
- As soon as the detoxing is done in a treatment facility you can almost see the wheels turning in their heads trying to figure out a way to get out of this, to get back to comfort no matter how uncomfortable the comfort had become.
But then I've discovered through sobriety that I don't know every damn thing.