What I didn't Know About Drug Treatment Centers Actually Helped Me

When I finally decided to get help for my Valium addiction, I thought I would have a hard time finding drug treatment centers that specialized in prescription drug abuse. I didn't want to go to a place that didn't know how to handle my problem. I knew that most facilities treated cocaine, heroin and meth abuse, but I didn't realize how many were familiar with pharmaceuticals until I did some research. I found out that prescription addiction now kills more people each year in America than any other drugs. In all my years of abusing Valium, I never actually knew it was that big of a problem for anyone else as much as it was for me.

It took a virtual miracle for me to even consider inpatient drug treatment as a means of getting help, but once I did, I was all in. I was 28 years old and had my whole life in front of me. I knew that if I chose the wrong program, I'd just wind up relapsing and starting the cycle all over again. Whatever drug treatment option I chose would be a referendum on the rest of my recovery, and possibly my life. I asked my sister to help me find a place, and we were successful in finding a program that not only treated prescription drug abuse, but they actually specialized in the treatment of diazepam (Valium) dependency.

The professionals at my drug treatment facility were amazing. I was made comfortable through my detox process, and was treated as a person, not simply the vessel for a drug problem. They worked very hard to address my whole dependency problem, and not just the symptoms. After I completed detox, I underwent psychiatric analysis, which was extremely helpful. I continued to see a mental health professional even after I completed my treatment. I've found that it's a great way to keep myself in check with regard to my recovery and to talk about some of the other problems in my life. It's also made me more aware of my strengths and weaknesses, which is something a recovering addict needs.

My reluctance toward clinical drug treatment vanished after my detox was completed. When I saw that the staff at my facility could successfully manage such a delicate process, I knew I was in capable hands. I was actively abusing Valium for about six years; this November, I'll be celebrating my fifth year of sobriety from what once seemed like an insurmountable hurdle. I owe this milestone exclusively to my drug treatment program, and strongly urge people who are suffering from an addiction to pursue professional help.

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