What Should You Take with You When You Leave for Rehab

What Should You Take with You When You Leave for Rehab

You decided that rehab is a good place for you to start your life over again.  Good decision on your part!  However, you may be asking yourself what you should take and not take with you.  Here are a few things that you should do before going to rehab. First, call the treatment center that you will be going to.  Ask them for a list of things that you can and cannot take with you.  If you cannot get a hold of anyone and your plane is set to leave in a few hours, here are a few tips on what to take and not take with you. No cell phones. Most treatment centers do not allow you to have cell phones because you cannot make personal calls while you are in treatment. Most rehabs have it set so that you can call home with a person assisting you.  This may be a counselor that is assigned to work with you.  If you don’t think that you should have it, the best thing to do is to leave it at home. Illegal Substances should not be taken with you. This may seem a bit obvious, but many people forget to empty their pockets before boarding a plane.  If you have cocaine or heroin in your pocket, you will get stopped at the airport and may even be arrested for having illegal contraband. Guns, Knives, protection devices should be left at home. Many states allow people to carry these types of weapons on them. However, they don’t belong in a rehab.  You don’t want to put anyone in danger at...
How to Help Your Child with Drug Addiction if You Cannot Afford an Intervention

How to Help Your Child with Drug Addiction if You Cannot Afford an Intervention

Here are a few steps that you can take in order to help your child to see and understand that they need drug and alcohol rehabilitation.  Often, young adults want to believe that they do not have a problem with drug addiction.  When you are young, you often believe that you are going to live forever.  Many young adults think that they can handle a cocktail of drugs and wake up the next day without any problems.  However, this is not always the case. The first step that a parent should take in order to get their child to see that they have a problem is to directly call a drug and alcohol treatment facility.  If you do this, you will find a helpful admissions counselor on the end of the phone.  The admissions counselor is a friendly voice that wants to help you and your loved one.  Even though a lot of admissions counselors are not trained interventionists, they have a background in alcohol and drug addiction.  Most phone admissions counselors are open to speaking with your son or daughter on the telephone.  The beauty of this is that it is free.  Most treatment centers have 24 hour hotlines set up in order to speak with families that have a loved one that needs to go into treatment.  It can seem like an endless and painful situation sometimes. Many admissions counselors have previous lifestyles that once held them captive to drug and alcohol abuse.  A lot of counselors on the phone will tell you that they were once addicted to drugs and alcohol themselves.  You will usually find...
Is Smoking Marijuana Really an Innocent Drug that is Being Legalized in Some States?

Is Smoking Marijuana Really an Innocent Drug that is Being Legalized in Some States?

If you happen to live in Colorado, Oregon, Washington or Alaska, you are probably aware that marijuana has been legalized for both recreational and medical use.  Many parents are having to ask themselves the hard question of, “Should I let my child smoke pot?”   Many celebrities such as Snoop Dogg and Seth Rogen admit to smoking pot regularly.  Smoking pot is “fun and games” for a lot of people that use it recreationally. Marijuana is said to give you a high that is calm and soothing.  Many people that smoke it say that there is no harm in getting high on pot.  Others that use it for medical use say that it relieves pain.  If pot is so good for many people, why are the other states against legalizing marijuana usage? Many young adults choose to smoke pot because their friends are smoking it already.  It is often mixed with alcohol, friendly conversations amongst friends and family members.  Many people that smoke pot will only use this drug.  It is often a lot like smoking cigarettes.  However, there is a certain percentage of people that will smoke part and then start taking a harder drug such as cocaine or heroin.  Many young adults feel that they can handle marijuana, so why not try cocaine, heroin or flakka.  When a person first tries one of these harder drugs, it feels great.  The drug helps them to forget about their present day world and takes them somewhere beyond their own reality.  Over time, these drugs cause a person to get addicted.  Once a person is addicted to a hard drug such...
Drug and Alcohol Addiction in Bergen County New Jersey

Drug and Alcohol Addiction in Bergen County New Jersey

You may have fine memories of Bergen County being your home of childhood recollections.  It is also the home of thousands of people addicted to drugs and alcohol. Every year, Bergen County New Jersey has thousands of people seeking help for their addiction.  Treatment centers across New Jersey receive phone calls from parents looking to get their child into a treatment program.  Treatment programs often are 7, 30 and 90 days programs.  If you have a child or a loved one that needs help, it is hard to find sometimes. If you live in Bergen County, you may find that a treatment center is not the same for every person.  Your child or loved one may be struggling with a combination of alcoholism, prescription drugs, cocaine and heroin.  You will need to find an addiction treatment center that deals with dual diagnosis.  If you have never been to treatment or know someone that has, you probably have a question about how it all works. After speaking with the admissions team, your loved one will first go through detox.  Detox usually lasts for around 7 days.  After this, they will attend an inpatient program that lasts anywhere from 30, 60 or 90 days.  You will be able to see your loved one transition from someone addicted to a substance to someone that is clean and refreshed.  A treatment program gives your loved one a transition.  You will find that treatment programs are available all over Bergen County to include: Dumont, Englewood, Hackensack, Paramus, and Midland Park, Closter, Glen Rock, Fairlawn and many others. Some of the drugs that are being...