Monday, September 14, 2009

Mom's Letter

When patients go through a detox at The Coleman Institute, one of the most important components of a successful experience is the care given by the support person.

Not infrequently our patients and their families live in small towns with few resources and limited access to recovery services. One mother who was devastated to find out that her son was heavily addicted to Oxycontin did something about the lack of support services available for her son. Here is how she responded, in her own words:

“My son was injured during his senior year of high school. Due to the injury and the long period of time he was forced to take pain medication he developed a drug problem. Once the doctors stopped the prescriptions he looked to the streets for the “feel good feeling”. At first he thought that he was alone but soon found out that 3 out of 5 kids in his class were using in some form –even the “good” kids. I did not know about the problem until his pay check (1 year later) began to disappear. At this time he had a $800 to $900 a week habit. Drug dealers were telling him to get help. He had a green color to his skin and weighed approximately 130 pounds at 6’1”. Of course I was in shock. We began having everyone pray for him and we began looking for help. To our surprise the help in West Virginia was very limited. Someone could receive “treatment” for 3 to 28 days and then you are turned back out into the world. Most drug rehab’s have drugs being sold during treatment. A few friends and myself started a program Parents Against Addictions. This was the only way we found to help ourselves and our kids. Through the program I met a lady who had a brother that is –or was—an addict. She had brought him to The Coleman Institute. My son detoxed at home (by this time he was hooked on suboxone). We came for our first naltrexsone implant in March of 2009. It has been wonderful. We are now starting a 12 step program for 25 and under. We cannot save the world but already my goal has been accomplished and prayers answered. My son is on his road or journey to recovery. We ask for your prayers.”

Both her son and several of his friends have been drug free for several months. If you would like information on Parents Against Addictions or our detox programs at The Coleman Institute, please call.

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