Alex P. is a methamphetamine addict who is entering treatment for the second time. His previous attempt at rehab was a straight detox, which he completed but soon returned to active addiction within a month of leaving treatment. He’s trying it a little different this time, and has committed to a 90-day inpatient program. His recent run lasted close to a year. “I really didn’t take advantage of any support when I left treatment last time,” he admits. He knows the drill, as far as detox goes. The only aspect of meth detox that is somewhat positive is that it’s fairly brief. “I only had to get some serious rest over the course of a couple of days, and by then the drug itself had pretty much left my body,” he comments. He did, however, have some other medical concerns to deal with, primarily dental issues as well as being somewhat malnourished. A couple of days of solid, square meals helped, but during his early treatment, his dental problems necessitated a few visits to a dentist.
Alex biggest adjustment has been in working on the underlying issues of his addiction. “Aside from the process groups that he attends, he’s in the process of solidifying a rapport with his therapist. “I haven’t really been through therapy before; it looks – going in – like it will be helpful, but I’m a little uncertain about the therapist they’ve put me together with.” His only instruction from his counselor has been to have some trust, and to surrender.
Week four: It’s been a rocky road for Alex, but through trust and sheer force of will – as well as help from his treatment team – he’s managed to stay in treatment. “There was a point at about the end of the second week,” he admits “that I was pretty close to bolting from treatment. I’m not used to being confined in one place for this amount of time, and it was starting to get to me.” Between his camaraderie with his counselor as well as a new-found closeness with his therapist, he was able to muster up the courage and patience to ride the process out. “I could begin to see,” Alex says “that I was going to be in the same place I was in before I entered treatment. Or worse. I have to admit that I wasn’t feeling that great about things, but there was some clarity coming through that enabled me to begin to see a bigger picture…”
Week six: Alex’s flirtation with exiting treatment had a salient effect. Somehow, the process of getting through that rough patch solidified his resolve, and opened up several new doors, and by this point, he’s actually enjoying the treatment process. “So much has happened,” Alex sighs “I think in the end it was time that needed to pass in order for me to see what could be achieved through treatment.” Bu the time he was in the middle of his second month, Alex was able to begin to help himself by helping others. Several new clients came in over the weeks, and he was able to see himself in others, and actually help a few people stay on when they were thinking of going. “I knew exactly where they were,” he comments “and just by being there and listening to their trouble and what was on their minds, it not only helped them, but strengthened by overall sobriety.”
(End Part One)