How do I start to Open-up for help for my Drug addiction problems?

Hi everyone, I need some advice, plz. I have a drug  problem & for 5 months now I’ve been trying to find help by reading articles online but nothing much seems to provide cure except that I have to go to hospital and get checked out. My closest friends, and family don’t know that I have drug problems and I’d like to keep it that way. I stay with my friend Zoe and I’m not sure she knows about me, but I was hoping someone could help point me to the right direction. My dad can afford to pay for my treatment (that’s if he wants to) but I’ve not seen him for more than 4 years, and we don’t talk [long story]. I am 25 years old and really worried about how my life will end-up, I didnt get here by my liking, or whatever, I have gone through a lot in the past 6 years since my mother died to this point and I just can’t figure out how to get out of this. Any advice plz? thank u.

Regular User Asked on November 14, 2018 in Addiction case.
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Dear Jupiter396,

The first step in getting better is opening up and seeking for help. By coming out and explaining what you are facing, you stand a great chance to get through this, and you will. Before the community on this platform can offer appropriate advice, please feel free to explain what you are facing in a bit detailed context so everyone can know how best to advice, and so that your issue can receive the necessary attention to get you right to your journey towards recovery. Please comment below or update your story with detailed information including if possible why you and your father are not talking, and by mentioning his ability to pay for your treatment, does that mean he’s the only option you have to cover the fees that will be involved and is this why you haven’t reached out to the rehab already? Do you currently have a job? You’ve been using for 5 months now, what kind of challenges are you now facing so we can know the level of severity. Thanks again, add as much detail as you are comfortable, we are here for you, and we have all intentions to offer you the requested counsel!

Talk soon!

Moderator Answered on November 14, 2018.
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Hello Jupiter396. Sorry for the difficult times you are encountering in your life. Like the Moderator said, it is difficult to direct you since we don’t have enough information about your situation. But the way I see it, is that you need 3 things ASAP:

  1. You need a job to pay for treatment, but if you don’t have any money, Medicaid will pay for treatment and it is free for you.
  2. You need to see a psychologist/psychiatrist to assess and treat your present psychological situation, so you and the doctor can know the situation and direct you to the best suitable treatment,
  3. You need drug abuse treatment like an outpatient clinic providing Buprenorphine coupled with counseling. I am sure you have one near you. You need to go to the clinic everyday until you are stable. I insist, I don’t mean recovered, I mean stable.

It is what I would do if one of my sons was in your situation. Good luck !

Super User Answered on November 14, 2018.
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I’m sorry I didn’t reply sooner, I just saw your message. Thank you sir for the advice, about Medicaid, or some other treatment service, will I be safe? I heard that I may be arrested if they find out I was using, please let me know. Thanks.

Moderator, sorry sir I typed in a hurry, but mostly, my father and I don’t talk, he thinks I’m a loser may be his right and puts me on too much stress, he’s the reason why mum died, at  least I believe that, I cant stand being with him, sorry. I dont have a job now, still looking for one and I’m not sure I will be able to run a job in my current state, I’m so depressed and lonely. Zoe is my high school old friend so I will let her in about my situation so we can work it out together thats if she listens and accepts me the way I am as I have not many options now. Thanks again for your help, I’ll try out these guidelines. Much appreciated.

Regular User Answered on November 14, 2018.
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Dear Jupiter396, I’m so sorry about what you’re going through, its an imperfect world but we make do with what we have, I want to commend your courage to come out and seek for appropriate help, you will eventually get better and work stably, don’t get weary. Thanks for the additional information, members on this platform will keep in touch with you every now and then so check this thread whenever you receive a notification.

First, look at the guidelines Olivier has given you above, he is a professional in this field with several years of experience so do everything he suggested and you’ll pull through your current challenge, gradually.

I’ll let Olivier fill you in on your worry about being arrested. Thanks and keep in touch.

Moderator Answered on November 14, 2018.
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Hi Jupiter396, I’m sorry about your challenges, especially what you went through since the passing of your mum, and everything that happened after. Resorting to use of drugs no matter how much pressure you were subjected to was not the right move. It should never be. That was wrong.

But seeking help now, like you did reaching out here is a noble action, and for that I’m sure you’ll pull through if you keep going in this new direction. I’m not sure which state you’re in, but by seeking help through Medicaid as noted by Oliver, you’ll be taken good care of. The government is more concerned about getting you recovered and well on your way to serving your country to the best of your passion when you stabilize rather than locking you up. In case you’re in Chicago, you can read a bit more here on what’s happening: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-safe-passages-police-heroin-met-20170723-story.html

Drug abuse comes with a lot of caveats that make a person very unpredictable and unstable, you are siting on a time bomb, please stop second guessing help and go now to sign-up with Medicaid. Once you get into treatment, you’ll be in position to hold a job and run it as required. We wish you all the best, and feel free to always come back for guidance or to share your story so others can see how treatment can be of great help. Best regards,

~Pauline.

Regular User Answered on November 15, 2018.
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