Help my friend detox
May 8, 2011 11:09 AM Subscribe
How can I help my friend detox from heroin in NYC?
posted by alight to health & fitness (22 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Posting for a friend:
I'm going to take my best friend for heroin detox in the NYC area.
I have two options: Option 1: Sending her to a 6-month inpatient treatment center called Daytop in Far Rockaway. Option 2: Staying in a cabin the woods for 7-10 days, cold turkey with me babysitting her.
Her biggest concern is that other people (friends, work, etc.) will find out about her habit. At this point she's kept it all very quiet, and only I and 1 other friend know for sure what she's been going through. So her thoughts are: If we can pretend to take a week- 10-day vacation, she can return to her routine with a minimum of disruption and not risk losing her job and her life.
I understand it's going to be a nightmare, exorcist-style. I need any suggestions or experience anyone might have on how this is all going to go down. Right now she's willing and open to going cold turkey, and we'd both prefer to keep her off of other addictive substances (i.e. supoxin, etc.) She's been daily dosing for over a year, but has been trying to taper down her intake.
Further complications: her S.O. is also a user, but not every day like her. Unclear at this stage whether or not he'll be joining her in this detox adventure.
6-month rehab is free (awesome!) no drugs (awesome) but long (yuck) and welfare-supported, so I'm worried about what kinds of people she'll be exposed to, and how this will affect her long-term recovery.
I understand the nightmare that I'm getting ready to experience. I don't need to have that explained to me. What I need are anecdotes, experiences, tips, and advice, other inpatient/outpatient rehab centers, to help me help her conquer this.
Thanks for any and all info and advice. I'll relay all this to the friend I'm posting for.