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Suffering from an unemployment rate that is almost twice the national average, a median income less than half that of the rest of Massachusetts and burdened with high costs of living, the city of Lawrence was recently described in a regional news article as the “City of the Damned.” In that article, Lawrence police chief John Romero says that “drugs fuel most of the crime in the city…80 percent…are drug related.” At the same time, the city budget has been balanced on the backs of law enforcement and other public services, hampering the police department’s ability to deal with the problem.
One thing that peoplein Lawrence can do in order to stem this unfortunate tide is to reduce the demand for narcotics by giving them up altogether. For those who are physically and psychologically dependent however, this is all but impossible without professional help through a rehabilitation program.
What to Look at Before Entering a Treatment Rehab
One of the most important things to understand about opiate (heroin) addition is that it creates physical dependency – and without proper medication and medical supervision, withdrawal can be excruciatingly painful. Some treatment programs offer medical detox services; others require clients to undergo detox at a hospital or other medical facility before entering a recovery program.
What to Expect in Detox
“Drug detox” is just that: a medical procedure designed to remove toxic substances from the body, thus eliminating the physical dependence. This is essentially a four-step process:
- Diagnosis and evaluation: Testing for specific substances and amounts
- Determination: Assessing whether to use medications or an alternative method
- Stabilization: The detoxification procedure
- Guidance: The patient is prepared to deal with the psychological dependence in rehab
The last step is the most important, because while physical addiction is relatively easy to overcome with medical assistance, psychological dependence can be a life-long struggle.
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