Abuse of drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and ecstasy are problematic for authorities in Michigan as much as they are in large states likeTexas, or the smallest states like Rhode Island or Delaware . They fight crime every day, most of which relate to drug use. Police face drug dealers, drug users, and desperate addicts who will do anything to finance the next dose of their drug of choice.
Meanwhile, alcohol is as much a drug as heroin or meth and in some ways more insidious. Because it is socially acceptable, many alcoholics hide their addiction in the open.
What can these people do to get help? What options are open to their loved ones?
There is a treatment center in every major city as well as many smaller towns throughout Michigan.
Even if it is just an outpatient family services center and not a rehab facility, this center could offer advice and information to point a client in the right direction towards rehab that works.
Many addicts need to go through residential detox. These services are important and are well used by alcoholics and drug users who have realized their lives are upside down, thanks to their reliance on drugs.
Rehab clients might have lost their jobs, relationships, and identities to their drug of choice. If they are fortunate, there is a moment of clarity during which they seek residential care.
On-site programs usually last up to 30 days on a short term basis, 60 to 90 days for mid-length care, and a full year or more when a client needs help re-socializing and finding work. This longer phase is considered transitional living.
Outpatient care can still do a lot of good. It is possible a client will realize he is in trouble before the situation gets out of hand completely.
He might notice that he spends more money on drugs than on groceries. He realizes his children are wary of him, or that he is on thin ice at work. In this case, residential care is often impractical.
These clients are trying to hold down jobs while going through therapy and want their condition to remain a secret from their bosses or friends. Maybe everyone already has a suspicion, but it is up to the addict to reveal what he has struggled with when he wants and if he wants to.
Intensive outpatient care is very useful in a situation like this. An addict will visit the counselor twice a week or more to learn why he has become reliant on a drug.
- Was he stressed out at work?
- Was he trying to cope with depression or a problem in his marriage?
- Has he suffered from some kind of abuse in the past which has resurfaced and is causing him trauma?
All of these problems can be addressed thoroughly during outpatient therapy, although residential care yields a higher success rate.