4 thoughts on “Home Detox: What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

  • February 28, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    When I tried to detox from opiates a few years ago, my insurance company would not pay for inpatient detox. I was sent to a one-day program, given suboxone and told to taper myself off. No follow up appointment, no advice on how to do this. I couldn’t taper myself and, when I called the facility for an appointment, was told they had reached their maximum suboxone patients and to call again in three months.

    So I appreciate you post, but maybe you should address it to the insurance industry.

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    • March 3, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      Indeed, one of the greatest obstacles to effective addiction treatment has been the reluctance of insurance companies to treat it the same way they treat other chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and asthma. In recent years, this has started to change. For example, The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 requires group health plans of employers offering mental health coverage to provide the same benefits for substance use and mental health disorders as they do for other medical conditions. This piece of legislation is one of the ways consumers have gained improved access to the treatment they need – a trend we expect to continue over the next few years.

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  • April 9, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Dr.Sack-
    I appreciate the article as I completely understand the risk of detox at home. I see that you are part of Journey Healing Center and as such I would like to ask you how it is that your program is able to tell someone to go to detox then they will be able to enter Journey for the rehab process and once they do then say they are sorry but dont have a room after 3 days into detox. Then tell them to fly from AZ to Utah facility which has room – but after emergency detox there as well-Journey then says to said person they need to come back in two weeks as they are not ready for program yet ? Not clear enough. I was under the impression that this was your specialty to help people who need to rehab – not have people that are half way through rehab process come to you for the easy part. Incredible if you are going to have some credibility – so much that you are passing out advice online you should be able to help the people who come to you for treatment first. Your talk sounds good here but I experienced just how full of crap it is first hand. Try getting a person who was ready for help but refused back into a program – thank you it is impossible.

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  • February 9, 2015 at 1:31 am

    So, basically, only the rich and/or well insured addicts desire to detox,correctly, and receive treatment,which is absolutely necessary to be free from addiction? I know you only covered the detox component of a program to be free of active addiction,and that your audience you were writing to is that of people with means enough to pay for a cushy treatment program, such as your clinics you refer to,in the article. So,basically, the poor and/or underinsured are just supposed to… what? Die, I suppose. I am a 54 yr old woman,my child is grown and moved out, and no longer in the home, I have a permanent mental disability, involving bi-polar disorder. I have been using meth for about 30 years, and basically am dying of this addiction. I cannot use the means offered to me by my SSI benefits, as just mentioning my addiction would only make me lose my benefits and besides, the outpatient (all that is offered)”programs” offered as treatment for people such as myself are not the ones you are writing about, and in fact,do more harm than good, and stigmatize the person asking for help from the monster that addiction is, and that is killing them. For me, it’s not a matter of if this will kill me, it’s just a matter of when. I cannot ask mfamily because my mom is 80 and so happy I am no longer an addict (I did seek treatment years ago and even worked as a detox counselor while I was in college. She is so happy that she no longer has to worry about me and drugs. Isn’t That Hilarious?But I love her so I will not burst that bubble. She can hang on to it for the time she has left. I at least owe her that after the trouble I put her through when I was younger.) And so, without some sort of help available to me, of which I am ass out of luck on, I just use, every day, and wait to die. And cry. And now, I understand that home detox methods won’t do any good, you say? Man, am I screwed.

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